Diverse, Multi-Stakeholder, and Multi-Sector Co-Management Structures
The success of ecosystem restorations lies with the people undertaking localized actions at the village and community levels, including, those affected directly by the degraded ecosystems. Champions of effective ecosystem restoration need to create their efforts in partnership with the local communities; by strengthening the capacities of local communities through empowerment of the local actors and local partners to lead from the center by a means of collaborative sensemaking.
Through co-management structures that bring together stakeholders across sectors, the alliance is establishing a solidified and diversified partnerships that inspires rich, complex, and dynamic perspectives and schools of thought together with relevant synergies; thus, disrupting the status quo of “simplistic and business as usual problem-solving norms”. This partnership model guarantees shared visioning, co-creation, shared responsibility, shared risk, and shared resourcing for community-led and multi-stakeholder actions that shall ensure systemic and sustainable ecosystem restoration outcomes.
This intergenerational partnership is convening diverse partners of different but interconnected social identities and belongings. In a common pursuit to provide context-based solutions at the village-and-community-level, some of these partners/actors are indigenous to the local system thereby harboring deep and rich understanding of the indigenous knowledge systems. On the other hand, other partners are external to the local system but embody deeper professional, scientific and world-wide perspectives, resourcing power, and robust networks. It is these comparative advantages that synergistically bind these partners/actors together to form inclusive and responsive local system that is committed to exercising power with one another.