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Developing Governance Principles for Public Natural Resources
- Hare, Darragh, Forstchen, Ann B., Smith, Christian A., Decker, Daniel J.
- Society & natural resources 2018 v.31 no.3 pp. 382-388
- governance, professionals, wildlife, wildlife management, United States
- Wildlife governance principles (WGPs) identify desirable governance characteristics for wildlife conservation in the United States (US). The types of institutional, ecological, and socio-cultural challenges that WGPs are designed to address also affect governance of public natural resources other than wildlife and in places other than the US. This raises the possibility that a similar set of governance principles might help natural resource professionals working in other resource contexts address the particular challenges they face. We describe the process by which we developed WGPs and offer seven practically oriented questions to help natural resource professionals ascertain whether a similar set of principles could improve governance in their context. In some contexts, minor modification of WGPs might be appropriate; in others, the process by which we developed WGPs could serve as a blueprint for formulating appropriate principles.