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

Edited By: Fikret Berkes, Johan Colding and Carl Folke

393 pages, Figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Apr 2008 | #175257 | ISBN-13: 9780521061841
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Hardback | Oct 2002 | #131729 | ISBN: 0521815924
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Investigates how human societies deal with change in linked social-ecological systems, and build capacity to adapt to change. Case studies and examples from several geographic areas, cultures and resource types are included, merging research from natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities into a common framework for new insights on sustainability.

Paperback re-issue; originally published in 2003.

...the book is a useful addition, introducing the role of property rights in different management systems across scales and providing an interesting review that explores the relationship between ecological and social systems from a range of disciplines. It should be of interest to anyone interested in research into, or application of, new ways of thinking about social and ecological systems and how they interact. Ecoscience


1. Introduction Fikret Berkes, Johan Colding and Carl Folke; Part I. Perspectives on Resilience: 2. Adaptive dancing Lance Gunderson; 3. Nature and society through the lens of resilience Iain J. Davidson-Hunt and Fikret Berkes; 4. Redundancy and diversity Bobbi Low, Elinor Ostrom, Carl Simon and James Wilson; Part II. Building Resilience in Local Management Systems: 5. The strategy of the commons Lars Carlsson; 6. Management practices for building adaptive capacity Maria Tengo and Monica Hammer; 7. Living with disturbance Johan Colding, Per Olsson and Thomas Elmqvist; Part III. Social-ecological Learning and Adaption: 8. Exploring the role of local ecological knowledge in ecosystem management Madhav Gadgil, Per Olsson, Fikret Berkes and Carl Folke; 9. Facing the adaptive challenge Kristen Blann, Steve Light and Jo Ann Musumeci; 10. Caribou co-management in northern Canada Anne Kendrick; Part IV. Cross-scale Institutional Response to Change: 11. Dynamics of social-ecological changes in a lagoon fishery in southern Brazil Cristiana Seixas and Fikret Berkes; 12. Keeping ecological resilience afloat in cross-scale turbulence Janis Alcorn, John Bamba, Stefanus Masiun, Ita Natalia and Antoinette Royo; 13. Policy transformations in the US Forest Sector, 1970 2000 Ronald L. Trosper; 14. Synthesis Carl Folke, Johan Colding and Fikret Berkes.

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Fikret Berkes, of the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, has previously co-edited Linking Social and Ecological Systems 0521 785626. Johan Colding is at the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics in Sweden. Carl Folke of the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics, Sweden, has previously co-edited Linking Social and Ecological Systems 0521 785626.

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