Adaptive Co-management for Building Resilience in Social–Ecological Systems

Publication and Source

Case examples from Sweden and Canada show how local groups self-organize, learn, and actively adapt to and shape the change within social networks that provide education to institutions and organizations across different levels and scales. The development of these groups took place as a response to environmental events that widened the scope of local management from a particular, well-defined issue to a broad set of issues related to ecosystem processes. The results of evaluating these groups suggests that understanding these landscapes of human-organizational landscapes should be approached carefully, and while keeping vision, leadership, and trust at the forefront of the mind. Other observations also came as a result of analyzing these cases: funds for responding to environmental change are necessary, and the capacity for monitoring and responding to environmental changes may allow for more useful feedback. 

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Suggested Citation

Olsson, Per, Carl Folke, and Fikret Berkes. "Adaptive Comanagement for Building Resilience in Social–Ecological Systems." Environmental Management 34.1 (2004): 75-90