Governance assessment of a protected area: the case of the Alde Feanen National Park

Maia Lordkipanidze* (Corresponding Author), Hans Bressers, Kris Lulofs

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This paper addresses the challenge of appropriate governance of complexity and diversity in the Dutch national park of Alde Feanen. The issue is how to enhance ecosystem resilience. Our focus relates to a navigable waterway within the park that affects the natural values of the area. The governance assessment tool is used to assess the governance context of the waterway and ecosystem resilience in the area. The study shows that a lack of a long-term integrated vision makes the governance context less supportive. Such a vision could maximize the focus on the resilience of the park's nature and motivate actors to work towards a common future for a concerned area. However, institutional complexity, combined with institutional inertia, is revealed as a hindrance to the quality of governance and shapes a weak ability to adapt the current situation to move towards resilience.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of environmental planning and management
Early online date13 Mar 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 13 Mar 2018


  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • governance assessment
  • national parks
  • ecosystem resilience


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