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Landscape Architecture Frontiers

Landsc. Archit. Front.    2019, Vol. 7 Issue (3) : 46-61     https://doi.org/10.15302/J-LAF-1-020001
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POLYCENTRIC GOVERNANCE IN NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS: INSIGHTS FROM MELBOURNE URBAN FOREST MANAGERS
ORDÓÑEZ Camilo()
500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond, Victoria, 3121, Australia
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Abstract

Nature-based solutions can help build resilience in urban landscapes. New governance arrangements have been suggested for assisting local governments in implementing nature-based solutions. A dominant nature-based solution initiative is the activities and policies directed at the increase of the number of trees and treecanopy coverage in a city. This study explores how polycentric governance of urban forests may operate by focusing on how key decision-makers coordinate their priorities and actions in urban forestry decisions. A stakeholder-centered view on polycentric governance is taken, specifically focused on the view of municipal managers, to develop a better understanding of the social systems behind the implementation of naturebased solutions. This was done by using social data elicited from 19 in-depth interviews with urban forest managers working in nine local councils in Greater Melbourne, Australia. The data analyses show that the most important decisions that municipal managers make, and where other stakeholders have the most influence, relate to tree removal for developments, significant tree retention, tree planting for site renewal, and ageing trees removal. The most important stakeholders influencing these decisions include other municipal departmental units, developers, state actors, and residents. Non-governmental greening groups do not play a very important role. Various types of coordination, such as the ones between municipal departments, between nongovernmental stakeholders (especially developers and residents), between state government policies, as well as public consultation, are needed to better mobilize stakeholders’ influence and input. Capitalizing on greening groups that aim to retain trees in urban areas, not just planting more trees, can potentially support the current decisions made by municipal managers, which respond to urbanization pressures.

Keywords Urban Greening      Green Infrastructure      Natural Resource Management      Socio-Ecological System      Polycentric Governance      Australia     
Corresponding Author(s): ORDÓÑEZ Camilo   
Issue Date: 24 July 2019
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ORDÓÑEZ Camilo. POLYCENTRIC GOVERNANCE IN NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS: INSIGHTS FROM MELBOURNE URBAN FOREST MANAGERS[J]. Landsc. Archit. Front., 2019, 7(3): 46-61.
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http://journal.hep.com.cn/laf/EN/Y2019/V7/I3/46
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