Abstract/Details

Collaborative watershed-based decision-making: Understanding land use-related risk to drinking water sources

Harkins, Erin.   University of Guelph (Canada) ProQuest Dissertation & Theses,  2011. MR82815.

Abstract (summary)

This thesis is an investigation of the value of social learning as a process that facilitates collaborative ecosystem approaches to planning with the intent of reducing risk to human health. More specifically, it examines the value of social learning in a planning process designed to protect quality of drinking water sources. A case study approach was used to examine Ontario's Source Water Protection planning process. Research focused on two different Source Protection Committees; both groups were in their second year of the planning process. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews, participant observation, and government documents. Based on a conceptual framework developed from the literature, the analysis examines the watershed as a social-ecological system, and as it relates to the adaptive cycle (Gunderson and Holling, 2002) and processes of social learning. Open and axial coding techniques were used to identify patterns and themes in the data.

Study findings suggest that social learning is associated with the development of group trust, and more flexible and adaptive decision-making approaches. These results indicate that social learning can promote effective land use decision-making processes in the interest of protecting source water quality. Recommendations provide suggestions for enhancing opportunities for social learning as part of a collaborative Source Water Protection decision-making process.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Area Planning and Development;
Public health;
Water Resource Management;
Public administration;
Area planning & development;
Water resources management
Classification
0341: Area Planning and Development
0573: Public health
0595: Water Resources Management
0617: Public administration
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Earth sciences; Ontario
Title
Collaborative watershed-based decision-making: Understanding land use-related risk to drinking water sources
Author
Harkins, Erin
Number of pages
225
Degree date
2011
School code
0081
Source
MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International
ISBN
978-0-494-82815-1
Advisor
FitzGibbon, John
University/institution
University of Guelph (Canada)
University location
Canada -- Ontario, CA
Degree
M.Sc.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
MR82815
ProQuest document ID
963537321
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/963537321