Navigating Social-Ecological Systems: Building Resilience for Complexity and Change

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-04-24
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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In the effort towards sustainability, it has become increasingly important to develop conceptual frames to understand the dynamics of social and ecological systems. Drawing on complex systems theory, this book investigates how human societies deal with change in linked social-ecological systems, and build capacity to adapt to change. The concept of resilience is central in this context. Resilient social-ecological systems have the potential to sustain development by responding to and shaping change in a manner that does not lead to loss of future options. Resilient systems also provide capacity for renewal and innovation in the face of rapid transformation and crisis. The term navigating in the title is meant to capture this dynamic process. Case studies and examples from several geographic areas, cultures and resource types are included, merging forefront research from natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities into a common framework for new insights on sustainability.

Table of Contents

Perspectives on Resilience
Adaptive dancing Lance Gunderson
Nature and society through the lens of resilience
Redundancy and diversity
Building Resilience in Local Management Systems
The strategy of the commons
Management practices for building adaptive capacity
Living with disturbance
Social-ecological Learning and Adaption
Exploring the role of local ecological knowledge in ecosystem management
Facing the adaptive challenge
Caribou co-management in northern Canada
Cross-scale Institutional Response to Change
Dynamics of social-ecological changes in a lagoon fishery in southern Brazil
Keeping ecological resilience afloat in cross-scale turbulence
Policy transformations in the US Forest Sector, 1970-2000
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