Identifying governance strategies that effectively support ecosystem services, resource sustainability, and biodiversity

Kenward, R.E.; Whittingham, M.J.; Arampatzis, S.; Manos, B.D.; Hahn, T.; Terry, A.; Simoncini, R.; Alcorn, J.; Bastian, O.; Donlan, M.; Elowe, K.; Franzén, F.; Karacsonyi, Z.; Larsson, M.; Manou, D.; Navodaru, I.; Papadopoulou, O.; Papathanasiou, J.; von Raggamby, A.; Sharp, R.J.A.; Söderqvist, T.; Soutukorva, A.; Vavrova, L.; Aebischer, N.J.; Leader-Williams, N.; Rutz, C.. 2011 Identifying governance strategies that effectively support ecosystem services, resource sustainability, and biodiversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108 (13). 5308-5312.

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Conservation scientists, national governments, and international conservation groups seek to devise, and implement, governance strategies that mitigate human impact on the environment. However, few studies to date have systematically investigated the performance of different systems of governance in achieving successful conservation outcomes. Here, we use a newly-developed analytic framework to conduct analyses of a suite of case studies, linking different governance strategies to standardized scores for delivering ecosystem services, achieving sustainable use of natural resources, and conserving biodiversity, at both local and international levels. Our results: (i) confirm the benefits of adaptive management; and (ii) reveal strong associations for the role of leadership. Our work provides a critical step toward implementing empirically justified governance strategies that are capable of improving the management of human-altered environments, with benefits for both biodiversity and people.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment > BD - 3.4 - Provide science-based advice ...
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: UKCEH Fellows
ISSN: 0027-8424
Additional Keywords: adaptive governance, Convention on Biological Diversity, knowledge leadership, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, policy making
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 07 Sep 2011 12:04 +0 (UTC)

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