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Reflexive Governance for Global Public Goods$
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Eric Brousseau, Tom Dedeurwaerdere, and Bernd Siebenhüner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017244

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017244.001.0001

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Social Learning in the Governance of Forest Ecosystem Services

Social Learning in the Governance of Forest Ecosystem Services

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(p.205) 11 Social Learning in the Governance of Forest Ecosystem Services
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Reflexive Governance for Global Public Goods
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Tom Dedeurwaerdere

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017244.003.0225

This chapter examines the role of social learning in the governance of the forest ecosystem service through a case study that involves forest groups in Flanders, Belgium, where social learning has generated significant results within a short period. The case study specifically focuses on three social learning mechanisms extensively used in managing social-ecological systems. These mechanisms include a monitoring strategy based on sustainability criteria and indicators as a liberal learning device, experimenting with disruptive action strategies, and involving new stakeholders in the learning process. The forest groups focus on instrumental and social trust to create trust between the government and the forest owners. Multifunctional forest management is the most effective strategy of extending forest-based services in Flanders. These strategies have produced significant results in Flanders in a short period.

Keywords:   forest groups, Flanders, stakeholders

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