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Using Socioenvironmental Report Cards as a Tool for Transdisciplinary Collaboration

Authors
  • Vargas‐Nguyen, Vanessa1
  • Kelsey, R Heath1
  • Jordahl, Harald2, 3
  • Nuttle, William1
  • Somerville, Charles4
  • Thomas, Jane1, 5
  • Dennison, William C1
  • 1 University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA , (United States)
  • 2 America's Watershed Initiative, USA , (United States)
  • 3 American Forest Foundation, USA , (United States)
  • 4 College of Science, Marshall University, USA , (United States)
  • 5 Charles Darwin University, Australia , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
Publisher
Wiley (John Wiley & Sons)
Publication Date
Mar 17, 2020
Volume
16
Issue
4
Pages
494–507
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/ieam.4243
PMID: 31944537
PMCID: PMC7317921
Source
PubMed Central
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Abstract

We demonstrate that the process of creating a socioenvironmental report card is a practical tool for fostering stakeholder engagement and transdisciplinary collaboration in a complex socioenvironmental system, using the Mississippi River Watershed Report Card as a case study. The process allowed for the engagement of a diverse multisector group of stakeholders through multiple workshops that served as “third places” and the codevelopment of boundary objects such as conceptual diagrams and maps, newsletters, and the report card product itself. The report card results led to a common understanding of key issues that are important to sustainable management, identified information gaps and data needs, and promoted more discussion on the challenges, opportunities, and actions needed to improve the Mississippi River watershed. This process can be used in any system and can provide the foundation for collective action for sustainable management by creating a holistic assessment that balances environmental, economic, and social concerns and that incorporates multiple perspectives from multisectoral actors.

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