Governing for Resilience: Institutionalized Perceptions of Stationarity and Their Implications for Ecosystem-Based Adaptive Management
16 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2010
Date Written: April 30, 2010
The concept of “resilience” is now frequently invoked by natural resource agencies in the United States. This reflects growing trends within ecology, conservation biology, and other disciplines acknowledging that social-ecological systems require management approaches recognizing their complexity and adaptive capacity. This paper examines the concept of resilience and the ways in which current legal and regulatory frameworks governing federal land management agencies, which tend to reflect assumptions of stationarity, have difficulty accommodating it. It then makes a few observations regarding how agencies are currently conceptualizing resilience in federal natural resource management efforts in the United States.
Keywords: Adaptive Management, Resilience, Environmental Governance
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