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About this book
About this book
Rapid environmental change calls for individuals and societies with an ability to transform interactions with each other and the ecosystems upon which we depend. Adaptive capacity - the ability of a social-ecological system to be robust to disturbances and capable of responding to changes - is increasingly recognized as a critical attribute of multi-level environmental governance. This volume offers an interdisciplinary and integrative perspective on an emerging area of applied scholarship, with contributions from internationally recognized researchers and practitioners.
Integrating Perspectives on Adaptive Capacity and Environmental Governance.- Adaptive capacity in theory and reality: implications for governance in the Great Barrier Reef region.- Building adaptive capacity in systems beyond the threshold - the story of Macubeni, South Africa.- Learning and adaptation: the role of fisheries co-management in building resilient social-ecological systems.- Adaptive capacity and adaptation in Swedish multi-use boreal forests: sites of interaction between different land uses.- From the Inside Out: A Multi-Scale Analysis of Adaptive Capacity in a Northern Community and the Governance Implications.- Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in Arctic Communities.- Climate Change, Adaptive Capacity and Governance for Drinking Water in Canada.- Institutional Fit and Interplay in a Dryland Agricultural Social-Ecological System in Alberta, Canada.- The learning dimension of adaptive capacity: untangling the multi-level connections.- Sociobiology and Adaptive Capacity: Evolving Adaptive Strategies to Build Environmental Governance.- Adaptive Capacity as a Dynamic Institutional Process: Conceptual Perspectives and their Application.- Building transformative capacity for ecosystem stewardship in social-ecological systems.- Adapting and transforming: Governance for navigating change.