Herring Network - Institutions and governance (Component 4)

Illustration of HERRING project component 4 (Please click to enlarge)

One prerequisite for the sustainable management of coastal herring spawning grounds is to understand the institutional and organisational settings that regulate resource use, spatial planning and anthropogenic impacts such as eutrophication. This knowledge is essential to ensure that new and improved forms of resource governance are crafted to the regional specific characteristics and will determine if they will have an effect or not.

Activities in this component aim at identifying the current multi-level organizations and institutions (regional, national, international) governing the use and protection of coastal herring spawning grounds.

They will take a close look at the various decision-making structures of the governing bodies and possible intervention points for the introduction of new and improved forms of resource governance.

Together with the relevant stakeholders, policy effectiveness will be evaluated and decided which institutional issue requires attention. In a last step specific or generic strategy options will be developed that allow incremental institutional changes and foster sustainable resource governance of coastal spawning grounds.

To assess existing institutional settings and administrative and political decision-making structures a series of Expert Interviews will be carried out with key stakeholders. Findings will be illustrated in institutional network maps. Next to expert interviews, national Case Study Round Tables with relevant governance bodies will be organised to analyse the existing practices of participation and reconciliation of interests within the identified multi-level system and to define possible policy intervention points.

For the identification of successful strategy options a joint Transnational Workshop will take place, involving HERRING partners and invited key stakeholder representatives, being responsible for resource governance in the respective case study areas. Participants will exchange experiences and critically appraise the findings on existing governance arrangements and possible improvements in case study areas.  Strategy options will be formulated based on best practice experience.