Power and contestation in collaborative ecosystem-based management: The case of Haida Gwaii

Louise Takeda, Inge Røpke

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    Abstract

    The depletion of old-growth forests on Haida Gwaii as a result of decades of excessive logging poses a looming threat not only to irreplaceable biodiversity and habitat values but also to the indigenous Haida culture. This study examines the latest stages of a long-running conflict over the forests of Haida Gwaii, and the provincial government’s attempt to ameliorate it through collaborative ecosystem-based land use planning. In contrast to previous studies that have tended to regard collaborative planning processes in terms of either an idealised win-win outcome or the unavoidable government co-optation of opposition, this article explores both the problematic power relations found within the collaborative planning process as well as the opportunities presented by it to expand collective power and more effectively resist oppression and domination.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEcological Economics
    Volume70
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)178-188
    ISSN0921-8009
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Political ecology
    • Environmentalism
    • Indigenous rights
    • Ecosystem-based management
    • Haida
    • Forestry politics

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