Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 267–280

Managing natural resources: A social learning perspective

  • Marleen Maarleveld
  • Constant Dabgbégnon

DOI: 10.1023/A:1007559903438

Cite this article as:
Maarleveld, M. & Dabgbégnon, C. Agriculture and Human Values (1999) 16: 267. doi:10.1023/A:1007559903438


This article presents a social learning perspective as a means to analyze and facilitate collective decision making and action in managed resource systems such as platforms. First, the social learning perspective is developed in terms of a normative and analytical framework. The normative framework entails three value principles, namely, systems thinking, experimentation, and communicative rationality. The analytical framework is built up around the following questions: who learns, what is learned, why it is learned, and how. Next, this perspective is used to analyze two managed resource systems: Fishery management in Lake Aheme, Benin and water resources management in Gelderland, The Netherlands. To assess platform performance in resource use negotiation, emerging lessons from the case studies are combined with propositions concerning membership of platforms, accessibility of platform meetings, skills and relations of platform members, realization of platforms, and third party facilitation of platform activities.

Adaptive resource managementBeninFacilitationLake fisheriesPlatformsSocial learningThe NetherlandsWater resources

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marleen Maarleveld
    • 1
  • Constant Dabgbégnon
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Communication and Innovation StudiesWageningen University and Research CentreThe Netherlands