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Principles for Building Resilience: Sustaining Ecosystem Services in Social-Ecological Systems

  • Provides an introduction to key principles for building resilience in society and the environment, discussing their function and practical applications
  • Synthesises insights from across the natural and social sciences, providing a comprehensive interdisciplinary overview and drawing on in-depth case studies
  • Intended for researchers and graduate students in the environmental, governance and sustainability fields, as well as applied researchers and practitioners working at the science-policy interface

By: Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs(Editor), Maja Schlüter(Editor), Michael L Schoon(Editor), Carl Folke(Foreword By)

320 pages, 42 b/w illustrations, 5 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Apr 2015 | #217703 | ISBN-13: 9781107082656
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About this book

As both the societies and the world in which we live face increasingly rapid and turbulent changes, the concept of resilience has become an active and important research area. Reflecting the very latest research, Sustaining Ecosystem Services in Social-Ecological Systems provides a critical review of the ways in which resilience of social-ecological systems, and the ecosystem services they provide, can be enhanced. With contributions from leaders in the field, the chapters are structured around seven key principles for building resilience: maintain diversity and redundancy; manage connectivity; manage slow variables and feedbacks; foster complex adaptive systems thinking; encourage learning; broaden participation; and promote polycentric governance. The authors assess the evidence in support of these principles, discussing their practical application and outlining further research needs. Intended for researchers, practitioners and graduate students, this is an ideal resource for anyone working in resilience science and for those in the broader fields of sustainability science, environmental management and governance.


List of contributors
Foreword Carl Folke

1. An introduction to the resilience approach and principles to sustain ecosystem services in social-ecological systems Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, Maja Schlüter and Michael L. Schoon
2. Politics and the resilience of ecosystem services Michael L. Schoon, Martin D. Robards, Katrina Brown, Nathan Engle, Chanda L. Meek and Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs
3. Principle 1: maintain diversity and redundancy Karen Kotschy, Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, Tim Daw, Carl Folke and Paul West
4. Principle 2: manage connectivity Vasilis Dakos, Allyson Quinlan, Jacopo A. Baggio, Elena Bennett, Örjan Bodin and Shauna BurnSilver
5. Principle 3: manage slow variables and feedbacks Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, Line Gordon, Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne, Maja Schlüter and Brian Walker
6. Principle 4: foster complex adaptive systems thinking Erin L. Bohensky, Louisa S. Evans, John M. Anderies, Duan Biggs and Christo Fabricius
7. Principle 5: encourage learning Georgina Cundill, Anne M. Leitch, Lisen Schultz, Derek Armitage and Garry Peterson
8. Principle 6: broaden participation Anne M. Leitch, Georgina Cundill, Lisen Schultz and Chanda L. Meek
9. Principle 7: promote polycentric governance systems Michael L. Schoon, Martin D. Robards, Chanda L. Meek and Victor Galaz
10. Reflections on building resilience: interactions among principles and implications for governance Maja Schlüter, Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, Michael L. Schoon, Martin D. Robards and John M. Anderies


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Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs is a Researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Stockholm University, Sweden, and a Research Associate at the Centre for Studies in Complexity, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her current research focuses on tipping points and regime shifts in social-ecological systems and their impacts on ecosystem services and human well-being.

Maja Schlüter is a Researcher at the SRC, Stockholm University, Sweden, and head of the research group SES-LINK. Her work focuses on the dynamics of social-ecological systems, particularly social-ecological feedbacks leading to traps and transformations in natural resource use in different environments such as river basins, agricultural landscapes and marine ecosystems.

Michael L. Schoon is an Assistant Professor at the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, USA, focusing on policy and governance in sustainable systems. His current research looks at collaborative, cross-border institutional arrangements covering a range of environmental issues from biodiversity conservation to water sharing to fire management in the Arizona borderlands.

- Carl Folke
- Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs
- Maja Schlüter
- Michael L. Schoon
- Martin D. Robards
- Katrina Brown
- Nathan Engle
- Chanda L. Meek
- Karen Kotschy
- Tim Daw
- Paul West
- Vasilis Dakos
- Allyson Quinlan
- Jacopo A. Baggio
- Elena Bennett
- Örjan Bodin
- Shauna BurnSilver
- Line Gordon
- Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne
- Brian Walker
- Erin L. Bohensky
- Louisa S. Evans
- John M. Anderies
- Duan Biggs
- Christo Fabricius
- Georgina Cundill
- Anne M. Leitch
- Lisen Schultz
- Derek Armitage
- Garry Peterson
- Victor Galaz

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