Building Effective Governance Systems
Successful wildlife conservation is predicated on the sustainable governance of natural resources within any given landscape or seascape. We assess sustainable governance through three core attributes. First, stakeholders must perceive the governance group to have the authority to govern (i.e., governing in their interests). Second, the governance group must have the capacity to govern (i.e., the skills and knowledge, staff, financial resources, regulatory framework and motivation). Lastly, the governance group must have the power to exert their legitimate authority, use their capacity, and have confidence that their decisions will not be undermined by other less legitimate but more politically or economically powerful actors. WCS uses a low cost, expert-opinion tool to assess the authority, capacity and power of governance groups with jurisdiction over the management of natural resources within the landscapes or seascapes where we work.