A participative method to build bridges between sustainability science and anticipatory governance at Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve (Basque Country)

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1391

Keywords:

Biosphere reserve, knowledge, anticipatory governance, public participation, shared horizon scanning, Reserva de la Biosfera, estudio de conocimientos financieros, gobernanza anticipatoria, participación pública, exploración de horizontes compartidos

Abstract

A key-goal for governance is the translation of knowledge into planning. We recruited 125 representatives from society, technical-political and the scientific community in a participation process focused on the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. We analysed their testimonials by using qualitative and quantitative methods, including Computer Assisted Qualitative Contents Analysis. We validated consensuses for future management, detailing criteria for a sustainable, collaborative, and anticipatory governance. The consensuses that stood out as most important have been the following: 1. Urdaibai should work towards human well-being and prosperity. 2. Synergies between institutions and society through participation strategies are necessary. 3. It is important to have a political leadership to guide governance. We can state that the participatory process carried out allowed participants to express shared horizons on future strategies. We present the methodology of this process as well as its results since we consider that both can be useful for managers of protected areas.

Un objetivo clave de la gobernanza es la traducción del conocimiento en planificación. Para ello, reclutamos a 125 representantes de la sociedad, de la comunidad técnico-política y de la científica, para que tomaran parte en un proceso de participación centrado en la Reserva de la Biosfera de Urdaibai. Analizamos sus testimonios utilizando métodos cualitativos y cuantitativos, incluido el Análisis de Contenidos Cualitativos Asistido por Ordenador. Validamos consensos para la gestión futura y detallamos criterios para una gobernanza sostenible, colaborativa y anticipatoria. Los consensos que los participantes han destacado como más importantes han sido los siguientes: 1. Urdaibai debe trabajar por el bienestar y la prosperidad de sus habitantes. 2. Son necesarias sinergias entre las instituciones y la sociedad a través de estrategias de participación. 3. Es importante contar con un liderazgo político que oriente la gobernanza. Podemos afirmar que el proceso participativo llevado a cabo ha permitido a los participantes expresar horizontes compartidos sobre estrategias de futuro. Presentamos la metodología de este proceso, así como, sus resultados, ya que consideramos que ambos pueden ser de utilidad para los gestores de las áreas protegidas.

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Author Biographies

Manu Monge-Ganuzas, Basque Government

Service of Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. Basque Government. Email address: manu-monge@euskadi.eus

Igor Ahedo Gurrutxaga, UPV/EHU

Professor of Political Science, University of the Basque Country, Leioa-Basque Country, Spain. Email address: igor.ahedo@ehu.eus

Iraide Álvarez Muguruza, UPV/EHU

Professor of Political Science, University of the Basque Country, Leioa-Basque Country, Spain. Email address: iraide.alvarez@ehu.eus

Imanol Telleria, UPV/EHU

Professor of Political Science, University of the Basque Country, Leioa-Basque Country, Spain. Email address: imanol.telleria@ehu.eus

Published

01-04-2023

How to Cite

Monge-Ganuzas, M., Ahedo Gurrutxaga, I., Álvarez Muguruza, I. and Telleria, I. (2023) “A participative method to build bridges between sustainability science and anticipatory governance at Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve (Basque Country)”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 13(2), pp. 490–535. doi: 10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1391.