Collaboration between the government and environmental non-governmental organisations for marine debris policy development: The Taiwan experience

Ling Ya Hung, Shun Mei Wang*, Ting Kuang Yeh*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Marine debris are a primary environmental issue second only to climate change. Public-private collaboration is considered the most effective approach to tackling this problem, but few studies have reported how the government could collaborate with citizens for greater policy development. In 2018, the Taiwanese government announced that the marine debris action plan could be successful. It is a bottom-up action by environmental protection groups to establish a cooperative relationship with the government. In this study, we analyse the dynamic interaction process by government, Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations (ENGOs), and the public during the past two decades through the lens of contextual interaction theory (CIT). The CIT analysis revealed that raising public awareness, establishing a relationship of trust, establishing effective public-private communications, and collaboration platforms are critical factors that allowed the government and ENGOs to jointly formulate the marine debris governance action plan. Hence, our results may provide insights for citizen groups seeking to influence policymaking.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104849
JournalMarine Policy
Volume135
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jan

Keywords

  • Action Plan
  • Contextual Interaction Theory
  • Environmental Governance
  • Marine Debris
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • General Environmental Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law

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