Influential community leaders might hinder transformations in natural resource management.
Adaptive governance and the active engagement of resource users at different scales is increasingly considered to be crucial for changes in the governance of ecosystems services. However, there are also potential pitfalls. Involving local resource users and stakeholders is not a guarantee for new and more ecologically sustainable management practices.
Centre researchers Beatrice Crona and Örjan Bodin, who have done extensive research using network analysis in studying how social capital is important in rural fisheries communities, argue that key individuals in a community often can be bottlenecks for change in how natural resources are managed. Their study is part of a special Ecology and Society feature on social network analysis in natural resource governance.