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The Role of Bridging Organizations in Enhancing Ecosystem Services and Facilitating Adaptive Management of Social-Ecological Systems
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre.
2015 (English)In: Adaptive Management of Social-Ecological Systems / [ed] Craig R. Allen, Ahjond S. Garmestani, Springer Netherlands, 2015, 107-122 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The nested nature of social-ecological systems across scales requires a multi-scale approach for monitoring and response. However, in many cases this flow is hindered by hierarchical structures and bureaucratic procedures. Recent research suggests that bridging organizations that facilitate collaboration and learning across sectors and scales are key to adaptive governance. Bridging organizations can facilitate cross-scale linkages, enabling formal management entities operating at discrete scales to improve communication channels and create opportunities for collaboration. This allows for management to set new target levels and modify policy to reach those target levels as new information is generated on scale-specific system attributes. Bridging organizations also incubate new ideas for environmental management, provide a forum for coming to agreement on contentious issues, and foster the capacity to manage for resilience of social-ecological systems and the provisioning of ecosystem services that are directly and indirectly important on a regional and international scale.

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Springer Netherlands, 2015. 107-122 p.
Keyword [en]
Resilience, adaptive management, adaptive governance, bridging organisations, ecosystem services, social-ecological
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Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Sustainability Science; Natural Resources Management; Environmental Law
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127568DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-9682-8_7ISBN: 978-94-017-9681-1ISBN: 978-94-017-9682-8OAI: diva2:909968
Available from: 2016-03-08 Created: 2016-03-08 Last updated: 2016-03-08Bibliographically approved

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