Date of Award
Urban and Regional Planning
Planning and Urban Studies
To achieve true sustainability, planners must balance the interests of environmental protection, economic development, and social equity. In a critically changing, complex ecosystem such as Louisiana’s coast, challenges to achieve the perfect equilibrium are further compounded. Following the logic of emerging adaptive co-management literature, the planning framework for Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan could be transformed into a more collaborative, democratic process. Adaptive co-management is a regime which provides power to local citizens, often in possession of invaluable traditional ecological knowledge. In general, it focuses on constant learning and collaboration. Through power-sharing and participatory action, we embrace science, but step back from technocracy. We utilize local knowledge, and combine it with expertise.
Sand, Melanie G., "Transforming Sustainability thru Adaptive Co-Management: A Critique of Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan" (2012). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 1512.