Boundary work : Knowledge co-production for negotiating payment for watershed services in Indonesia


Boundary work has been proven effective in bridging research communities andt he gap between action and policy making in sustainable development. Applying this boundary-work framework, the manuscript examines the process of knowledge co-production and evaluates its effectiveness in supporting the negotiation process of four cases of payment for watershed services(PWS) in Indonesia. Our case studies
reveal that local communities and policy-makers have a diverse range of knowledge regarding watershed functions and services.

Recognizing this knowledge diversity, and combining it with scientific information, leads to (i)enlightenment, by engaging local stakeholders in more active roles for knowledge co-production thus setting realistic targets for ecosystem services’ interventions in the design of PWS
schemes; (ii)decision-making support for stakeholders, by providing opportunities for collaborative learning; and (iii)effective negotiations, by providing salient and credible information.

We recognize10 different prototypes that lead to a betterunderstanding of how payments can be channeled to enhance,
or atleast maintain,underlying hydrological functions.The case studies, in different landscape configurations and associated PWS prototypesettings,show that knowledge interfacing and sharing towards co-producing collaborative products helps to clarify the performance-based indicators for effective PWS negotiation between potential sellers and buyers of ecosystem services.

Leimona, B.; Lusiana, B.; vanNoordwijk, M.; Mulyoutami, E.;
Journal Details
Ecosystem Services
Volume 15, Pages 45-62
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