The Social Nature of Participatory Ecological Monitoring

Sam C. Staddon, Andrea Nightingale, Shyam K. Shrestha

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Participatory ecological monitoring brings together conservationists and members of the public to collect data about changes in nature. This article scrutinizes the “social nature” of such monitoring, considering not only its impacts for nature, but also society, and importantly the ways in which these interact. Drawing on the field of nature–society studies we present a framework with which to explore case studies from the community forests of Nepal. We document the importance of multiple knowledges of nature, including what is referred to as “local monitoring” and its relation to the scientific procedures promoted in participatory monitoring; the consequences of participatory monitoring as a situated and embodied practice, such that it may (re)produce social inequalities; and the place of monitoring within the wider socioecological regime, with regard to possible unintended consequences for both nature and society. This article thus expands our understanding of the complexities of this increasingly popular approach to conservation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)899-914
JournalSociety & Natural Resources
Volume27
Issue number9
Early online date18 Jun 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2014

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