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Memory carriers and stewardship of metropolitan landscapes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre. University of Gävle, Sweden.
Number of Authors: 2
2016 (English)In: Ecological Indicators, ISSN 1470-160X, E-ISSN 1872-7034, Vol. 70, 606-614 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

History matters, and can be an active and dynamic component in the present. We explore social-ecological memory as way to diagnose and engage with urban green space performance and resilience. Rapidly changing cities pose a threat and a challenge to the continuity that has helped to support biodiversity and ecological functions by upholding similar or only slowly changing adaptive cycles over time. Continuity is perpetuated through memory carriers, slowly changing variables and features that retain or make available information on how different situations have been dealt with before. Ecological memory carriers comprise memory banks, spatial connections and mobile link species. These can be supported by social memory carriers, represented by collectively created social features like habits, oral tradition, rules-in-use and artifacts, as well as media and external sources. Loss or lack of memory can be diagnoses by the absence or disconnect between memory carriers, as will be illustrated by several typical situations. Drawing on a set of example situations, we present an outline for a look-up table approach that connects ecological memory carriers to the social memory carriers that support them and use these connections to set diagnoses and indicate potential remedies. The inclusion of memory carriers in planning and management considerations may facilitate preservation of feedbacks and disturbance regimes as well as species and habitats, and the cultural values and meanings that go with them.

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2016. Vol. 70, 606-614 p.
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Continuity, Biocultural diversity, Memory carriers, Metropolitan landscapes, Resilience
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Biological Sciences Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137754DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.02.030ISI: 000388785200055OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-137754DiVA: diva2:1064263
Available from: 2017-01-12 Created: 2017-01-10 Last updated: 2017-01-12Bibliographically approved

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