Effective management of ecological resilience – are we there yet?

Spears, Bryan M.; Ives, Stephen C.; Angeler, David G.; Allen, Craig R.; Birk, Sebastian; Carvalho, Laurence; Cavers, Stephen; Daunt, Francis; Morton, R. Daniel; Pocock, Michael J.O.; Rhodes, Glenn; Thackeray, Stephen J.. 2015 Effective management of ecological resilience – are we there yet? Journal of Applied Ecology, 52 (5). 1311-1315.

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1. Ecological resilience is developing into a credible paradigm for policy development and environmental management for preserving natural capital in a rapidly changing world. However, resilience emerges from complex interactions, limiting the translation of theory into practice. 2. Main limitations include the following: (i) difficulty in quantification and detection of changes in ecological resilience, (ii) a lack of empirical evidence to support preventative or proactive management and (iii) difficulties in managing processes operating across socio-ecological systems that vary in space and time. 3. We highlight recent research with the potential to address these limitations including new and/or improved indicators of resilience and tools to assess scale as a driver of resilience. 4. Synthesis and applications. Effective resilience-based management must be adaptive in nature. To support this, we propose an operational model using resilience-based iterative management actions operating across scales.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Parr
ISSN: 0021-8901
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Additional Keywords: ecosystem, management, policy, preventative, research, resilience, society
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 01 Sep 2015 14:10 +0 (UTC)

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