Policy and Governance

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The Policy and Governance theme panel chair is Devin Bartley of FAO. Bill Taylor of Michigan State University and Nancy Leonard of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Oregon) are acting as panel facilitators.

How do we ensure inland fisheries are fully integrated into decision frameworks? Though local-scale governance is largely responsible for management of production and harvest of fish from inland systems, fisheries and other freshwater resources beyond local jurisdictions are governed by large-scale decision-making structures and processes that may be inappropriate or inadequate to address these resources. Policy may not be informed by science developed to understand inland fisheries systems or policy makers may have other important priorities. Development of new approaches, including “footprints” or “equivalents,” that link inland fisheries science directly with the needs of policy indicators will assist strategic decision making, adaptive management, enhanced environmental justice, and enforceable regulations for more sustainable management of inland fisheries. The goal of this theme is to understand the opportunities and constraints to cross-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional governance approaches and to develop methods to assure that governance decisions take into account the contribution inland fisheries make to food security, human well-being, and ecosystem productivity at the local, regional, national, and global levels.

Policy and Governance theme first author locations

Policy and Governance theme first author locations

Policy and Governance theme presentation research areas

Policy and Governance theme presentation research areas