Constance, D. H., Rikoon, S. J., & Ma, J. C. (1996) Finding 1

In landowner or renter situations:

  • Determine whether the landowner or renter is primarily responsible for water quality or conservation decisions
  • Identify factors that may influence the person who could take action
  • Understand “opportunity costs” and social norms relative to the content or practice focus of the outreach

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Curtis, A., Byron, I., & MacKay, J. (2005) Finding 1

To effectively engage watershed partners and major stakeholders to investigate: landowner issues, awareness of environmental management problems, business development intentions, and potential impact of incentives.

  • Enhance public participation by using a 9 or 10 month process that draws on local knowledge, builds commitment to the research, and builds capacity to interpret and implement key findings.

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Curtis, A., Byron, I., & MacKay, J. (2005) Finding 2

To enhance participatory decision-making, build commitment to research by engaging watershed partners and major stakeholders in answering questions such as: a) what information is needed?; b) how is the information to be collected and analyzed?; c) Who has access to the data and on what conditions?; d) How will the data be used to improve watershed management outcomes?

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