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

Posted: 4 Jun 2010  

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

Date Written: November 2009

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1599083 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.environ.020708.100707

Eduardo S. Brondizio (Contact Author)

Indiana University ( email )

107 S Indiana Ave
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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