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Making the ecosystem approach operational-Can regime shifts in ecological- and governance systems facilitate the transition?
Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
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2010 (English)In: Marine Policy, ISSN 0308-597X, Vol. 34, no 6, 1290-1299 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Effectively reducing cumulative impacts on marine ecosystems requires co-evolution between science, policy and practice. Here, long-term social-ecological changes in the Baltic Sea are described, illustrating how the process of making the ecosystem approach operational in a large marine ecosystem can be stimulated. The existing multi-level governance institutions are specifically set up for dealing with individual sectors, but do not adequately support an operational application of the ecosystem approach. The review of ecosystem services in relation to regime shifts and resilience of the Baltic Sea sub-basins, and their driving forces, points to a number of challenges. There is however a movement towards a new governance regime. Bottom-up pilot initiatives can lead to a diffusion of innovation within the existing governance framework. Top-down, enabling EU legislation, can help stimulating innovations and re-organizing governance structures at drainage basin level to the Baltic Sea catchment as a whole. Experimentation and innovation at local to the regional levels is critical for a transition to ecosystem-based management. Establishing science-based learning platforms at sub-basin scales could facilitate this process.

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2010. Vol. 34, no 6, 1290-1299 p.
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Diffusion of innovation, Ecosystem approach, Marine governance, Regime shift, Resilience
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-49674DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2010.05.007ISI: 000281173600021OAI: diva2:379562
authorCount :12Available from: 2010-12-17 Created: 2010-12-17 Last updated: 2010-12-17Bibliographically approved

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