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Paving the way for social learning when governance is weak: Supporting dialogue between stakeholders to face a groundwater crisis in Morocco

Faysse N., Errahj M., Imache A., Kemmoun H., Labbaci T.. 2014. Society and Natural Resources, 27 (3) : p. 249-264.

Approaches to improve the governance of social-ecological systems are difficult to define in situations where governance is weak, that is, involving limited interactions between the actors and weak management of natural resources. This article analyzes an action research process implemented in the Chaouia coastal region of Morocco, where weak governance of the social-ecological system led to a groundwater and agricultural crisis. A dialogue between local actors was set up with the aim of identifying strategies to address the crisis. First separately and then together, farmers' groups and staff members of public organizations analyzed the existing situation, scenarios for the future of the area, and strategies to cope with the crisis. Contrary to the expectations of the participants, farmers and staff members of public organizations had productive discussions. This approach clarified how social learning can be achieved and governance improved in this situation of weak governance. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés : Étude de cas; participation; apprentissage; situation agricole; gouvernance; eau souterraine; gestion des eaux; maroc; recherche-action

Thématique : Ressources en eau et leur gestion; Méthodes de recherche; Economie et politique du développement; Sociologie rurale et sécurité sociale

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