Data from: Political dynamics and governance of World Heritage ecosystems

This repository contains the data to implement the analyses from Morrison et al. 2020  "Political dynamics and governance of World Heritage ecosystens", Nature Sustainability. If you use this data please cite the paper accordingly. 

Abstract [Related Publication]: Political dynamics across scales are often overlooked in the design, implementation and evaluation of environmental governance. We provide new evidence to explain how interactions between international organizations and national governments shape environmental governance and outcomes for 238 World Heritage ecosystems, on the basis of a new intervention–response– outcome typology. We analyse interactions between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and 102 national governments responsible for implementing ecosystem protection under the World Heritage Convention between 1972 and 2019. We combine data on the reporting, deliberation and certification of individual ecosystem-level threats, with data on national governance quality, economic complexity and key stakeholder perspectives. We find that the extent of threatened ecosystems is seriously underestimated and that efforts to formally certify threatened ecosystems are often resisted by national governments. A range of responses to international intervention, including both productive and counterproductive responses, generates material impacts at the ecosystem level. Counterproductive responses occur in nations dependent on limited high-value natural resource industries, irrespective of overall level of economic development. We identify new political approaches to improve environmental governance, including how to overcome the problem of regulatory capture. Our findings inform how we can better anticipate and account for political dynamics in environmental governance.

The full methodology is available in the publication shown in the Related Publications link below.

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    This repository contains the data to implement the analyses from Morrison et al. 2020  "Political dynamics and governance of World Heritage ecosystens", Nature Sustainability. If you use this data please cite the paper accordingly. 

    Abstract [Related Publication]: Political dynamics across scales are often overlooked in the design, implementation and evaluation of environmental governance. We provide new evidence to explain how interactions between international organizations and national governments shape environmental governance and outcomes for 238 World Heritage ecosystems, on the basis of a new intervention–response– outcome typology. We analyse interactions between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and 102 national governments responsible for implementing ecosystem protection under the World Heritage Convention between 1972 and 2019. We combine data on the reporting, deliberation and certification of individual ecosystem-level threats, with data on national governance quality, economic complexity and key stakeholder perspectives. We find that the extent of threatened ecosystems is seriously underestimated and that efforts to formally certify threatened ecosystems are often resisted by national governments. A range of responses to international intervention, including both productive and counterproductive responses, generates material impacts at the ecosystem level. Counterproductive responses occur in nations dependent on limited high-value natural resource industries, irrespective of overall level of economic development. We identify new political approaches to improve environmental governance, including how to overcome the problem of regulatory capture. Our findings inform how we can better anticipate and account for political dynamics in environmental governance.

    The full methodology is available in the publication shown in the Related Publications link below.

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    • ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
    • environmental governance
    • politics
    • heritage
    • scale
    • ecosystem
    • geography
    • intervention
    • conservation
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    Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
    People and Societies in the Tropics
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    • 160699 - Political Science not elsewhere classified
    • 050205 - Environmental Management
    SEO Codes
    • 970116 - Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
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      Name Morrison, T. H., Adger, W. N., Brown, K., Hettiarachchi, M., Huchery, C., Lemos, M. C., and Hughes, T. P. (2020) Political dynamics and governance of World Heritage ecosystems.
    • URL https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-020-0568-8
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    Citation Morrison, Tiffany (2020): Data from: Political dynamics and governance of World Heritage ecosystems. James Cook University. https://doi.org/10.25903/5f519dc27a7f7