A Framework for Resilience-Based Governance of Social-Ecological Systems

Ecology and Society 18 (1): 9, 2013

11 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2013 Last revised: 4 Jul 2016

See all articles by Ahjond S. Garmestani

Ahjond S. Garmestani

Government of the United States of America - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Melinda Harm Benson

University of Wyoming - School of Environment & Natural Resources

Date Written: February 7, 2013

Abstract

Panarchy provides a heuristic to characterize the cross-scale dynamics of social-ecological systems and a framework for how governance institutions should behave to be compatible with the ecosystems they manage. Managing for resilience will likely require reform of law to account for the dynamics of social-ecological systems and achieve a substantive mandate that accommodates the need for adaptation. In this paper, we suggest expansive legal reform by identifying the principles of reflexive law as a possible mechanism for achieving a shift to resilience-based governance and leveraging cross-scale dynamics to provide resilience-based responses to increasingly challenging environmental conditions.

Keywords: panarchy, resilience, adapative governance, reflexive law

Suggested Citation

Garmestani, Ahjond S. and Benson, Melinda Harm, A Framework for Resilience-Based Governance of Social-Ecological Systems (February 7, 2013). Ecology and Society 18 (1): 9, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2213523

Ahjond S. Garmestani (Contact Author)

Government of the United States of America - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ( email )

Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
United States

Melinda Harm Benson

University of Wyoming - School of Environment & Natural Resources ( email )

United States

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