2: Barriers to Realizing the Promise of Community-based Environmental Protection

"[There is] high potential for community-based environmental activism to inspire new forms of environmental management. However, the potential for increased fragmentation is important [and also quite high]:"

  • Stewardship networks are [often] self-contained, don't include [other community segments such as] business or legal groups.
  • CSOs partner with civil society, private sector and government vertically.
  • Most operate on staffs fewer than ten, with small cohorts of community volunteers
  • Resources are scarce, insufficient, relying upon individual, local foundation and municipal support.

Source: The Urban Ecology Collaborative Assessment:Understanding the Structure, Function, and Network of Local Environmental Stewardship

USDA Forest Service, NE Research StationUrban Ecology Collaborative (UEC) Research Committee, January, 2006

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