Work package 5:
Governance models and the role of civil society organizations


  • Analyse the identified means to resolve local tensions arising from new repartition and use of natural resources, in the case study regions in view of two aspects:
    • Analyse the economic governance models in the case study regions, with respect to the original rules, distribution effects and related tensions
    • Analyse the role of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the case study regions with respect to the enforcement of original rules, management of natural resources, including ES, and dealing with local tensions arising from new resource repartition

Work package description

WP5, led by ZALF, will be responsible to analyze the economic governance models in the case study regions, with respect to the original rules, distribution effects and related tensions, and the capacity of CSOs with respect to the enforcement of original rules, management of natural resources (including ES), and dealing with local tensions arising from new resource repartition. The role of CSOs can include the initiator, facilitator, mediator, or knowledge broker function. This WP will also analyze the capacity of CSOs in comparison to other actors in the network such as governmental and administrative authorities, business companies, research institutions, etc. at different levels (local, regional, national, international).
Tasks within this work package
Furthermore, it will be a specific task of this WP to investigate the organizational structures of the involved CSOs as they can be quite inhomogeneous with respect to their size, their degree of organization, or the variety of topics they address with their work. Based on this assessment a categorization of CSOs will be done. Both issues, developed governance models and existing roles of CSOs, will be reflected against the background settings (e.g. socio-economic and political conditions) in the original and the transfer regions in view of their transferability. Finally, likewise WP4, this WP will conduct an “experimental workshop” using methods from behavioral developmental economics to test the transfer potential of different governance models for one or two of the transfer communities: Who is willing to cooperate with whom under certain frame conditions to solve a given problem? The research outcomes of this WP will feed into the development of the analytical framework with respect to governance models and role of CSOs. WP4 and WP5 will closely cooperate as the analysis of  management instruments and governance models including the involved actors such as CSOs cannot be seen in isolation. A high degree of synergies between the two WPs is expected from the cooperation in preparing and conducting the experimental workshops. WP4 and WP5 will also collaborate in the elaboration of the analytic framework of the project.