New Modes of Environmental Governance in Central America: Constructing a Biological Corridor Policy in Honduras

By Celia Ruiz de Oña and Federico Morales.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies

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New modes of governance, such as network governance or public-private partnership have gained ground in environmental policy. While typically associated with long-term, well-established democracies, these interorganizational processes are emerging in countries with weak democracies such as those in Central America. Scholars on environmental governance are pondering if these new modes of environmental governance make decision-making more inclusive, transparent and accountable, while at the same time promoting effective environmental policy performance. We partially address this question by focusing on public and private actors’ articulations of the issue surrounding biological corridors in Honduras. We draw on the institutional analysis framework of policy arrangement developed by Leroy and Ars to provide perspective on the main challenges that network governance confronts in unstable democracies. The case presented here highlights that persistent traditional political forms at the national level hinder network governance. At the same time, emerging collaborative attitudes promoted at local and international level are slowly challenging these traditional forms.

Keywords: Environmental Governance, Central America, Public Policy Networks, Biological Corridors

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.15-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 601.999KB).

Dra. Celia Ruiz de Oña

Full-time Researcher, PROIMMSE-IIA-UNAM, National Autonomous University of Mexico, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

PhD Celia Ruiz de Oña is a full-time researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Programme for Mesoamerica and the South-East of Mexico, a programme ascribed to the Institute of Anthropological Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (PROIMMSE-IIA-UNAM). She has a degree in Ecological Sciences, esp. Conservation and Ecological Management from Edinburgh University and a PhD in Sustainable Development and Ecology, from El Colegio de La Frontera Sur, Chiapas, Mexico. She has worked in several regions of Chiapas and Central America in different projects dealing with conservation and ecological management and with environmental policy networks.

Dr. Federico Morales

Full-time Researcher, Programa de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias sobre Mesoamerica y el Sudeste - PROIMMSE-IIA-UNAM-, Institute of Anthropological Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

Dr. Federico Morales is a full-time researcher in el Programa de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias sobre Mesoamerica y el Sudeste at the Institute of Anthropological Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.