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Building transformative capacity in social-ecological systems: insights and challenges
Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8218-1153
Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre. The Beijer Institute, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Adaptive Capacity and Environmental Governance / [ed] Derek Armitage, Ryan Plummer, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2010, 263-285 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We use a “resilience lens” to identify gaps in the understanding of capacity to transform social-ecological systems’ (SES) trajectories toward ecosystem stewardship and highlight some challenges that need to be addressed. We draw on the organizational evolution literature in combination with the latest insights on SES transformations to give a more detailed understanding of what constitute transformative capacity. Two case studies illustrate the possibilities and challenges. SES transformations require knowledge and skills that can link ecosystem and social system dynamics, and develop strategies to overcome barriers and enable institutional changes that foster transformations. We identify some criteria that seem important for developing a framework for analyzing transformations and assessing transformative capacity in social-ecological systems. These criteria include experimentation and innovation, agency and social networks, opportunity context, diversity, boundaries, and collaboration.

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Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2010. 263-285 p.
, Springer Series on Environmental Management, ISSN 0172-6161
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-53785DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-12194-4_13ISBN: 978-3-642-12193-7 (Print)ISBN: 978-3-642-12194-4 (Online)OAI: diva2:391279
Baltic Ecosystem Adaptive Management (BEAM)
Available from: 2011-01-24 Created: 2011-01-24 Last updated: 2014-11-07Bibliographically approved

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