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Connectivity and the Governance of Multilevel Social-Ecological Systems: The Role of Social Capital


Eduardo S. Brondizio


Indiana University

Elinor Ostrom


Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA); Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Political Science

Oran R. Young


University of California, Santa Barbara

November 2009

Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 34, pp. 253-278, 2009

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We discuss the challenges confronting environmental governance caused by the increasing connectivity of resource-use systems and the growing functional interdependencies of ecological and social systems. We take as a point of departure the case of the Xingu Indigenous Park (PIX) in Brazil and its surrounding agro-industrial region. This case provides a basis for reviewing the literature on resource governance, including both points of consensus and contentious issues. We argue that no fixed spatial or temporal level is appropriate for governing ecosystems and their services sustainably, effectively, and equitably. We point to the need to recognize the multilevel nature of such problems and the role of institutions in facilitating cross-level environmental governance as an important form of social capital that is essential for the long-term protection of ecosystems and the well-being of different populations.

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Date posted: June 4, 2010  

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Brondizio, Eduardo S. and Ostrom, Elinor and Young, Oran R., Connectivity and the Governance of Multilevel Social-Ecological Systems: The Role of Social Capital (November 2009). Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 34, pp. 253-278, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1599083 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.environ.020708.100707

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Eduardo S. Brondizio (Contact Author)
Indiana University ( email )
100 South Woodlawn
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States
Elinor Ostrom
Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )
1315 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Political Science
Bloomington, IN
United States
Oran R. Young
University of California, Santa Barbara ( email )
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
United States
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