Posted in Easier said than done

Transparency and governance in natural resource management

The question of whether transparency will lead to a more accountable practice in the management of the natural resource management is a complex one. At the surface, it seems like the obvious answer to achieve accountability and then  improved governance  but is it really the case? Even when the advocates for transparency insist that the public should get the information in a format they can decipher regardless of their education levels, it means increased costs for agencies and companies whose main goal is not information dissemination.

Education plays a major role in ensuring that the public can decipher what information is released. So if education is not improved then transparency doesn’t make much difference. If we think from the financial perspective do we think that the cost incurred in processing information will be equated with the benefits to be accrued from  good governance? If the answer is yes, then we will see more transparency but if not, we are in for a long wait.



Eco-entrepreneur and a Project Manager in Auckland, New Zealand.

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