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Navigating Social-Ecological Systems
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  • Edited by Fikret Berkes, University of Manitoba, Canada, Johan Colding, Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm, Carl Folke, Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm
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In the effort towards sustainability, it has become increasingly important to develop conceptual frames to understand the dynamics of social and ecological systems. Drawing on complex systems theory, this book investigates how human societies deal with change in linked social-ecological systems, and build capacity to adapt to change. The concept of resilience is central in this context. Resilient social-ecological systems have the potential to sustain development by responding to and shaping change in a manner that does not lead to loss of future options. Resilient systems also provide capacity for renewal and innovation in the face of rapid transformation and crisis. The term navigating in the title is meant to capture this dynamic process. Case studies and examples from several geographic areas, cultures and resource types are included, merging forefront research from natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities into a common framework for new insights on sustainability.

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"...the book is a useful addition, introducing the role of property rights in different management systems across scales and providing an interesting review that explores the relationship between ecological and social systems from a range of disciplines. It should be of interest to anyone interested in research into, or application of, new ways of thinking about social and ecological systems and how they interact." Ecoscience

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Contents

  • Preface
    pp xi-xii
    • By Fikret Berkes, Professor Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada, Johan Colding, Centre for Research on Natural Resources and the Environment, Stockholm University; Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, Carl Folke, Director of the Centre for Research on Natural Resources and the Environment (CNM), and a Professor in the Department of Systems Ecology Stockholm University, Sweden; Professor at the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Acknowledgements
    pp xiii-xiv
    • By Fikret Berkes, Professor Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada, Johan Colding, Centre for Research on Natural Resources and the Environment, Stockholm University; Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, Carl Folke, Director of the Centre for Research on Natural Resources and the Environment (CNM), and a Professor in the Department of Systems Ecology Stockholm University, Sweden; Professor at the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1 - Introduction
    pp 1-30
    • By Fikret Berkes, Professor Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada, Johan Colding, Centre for Research on Natural Resources and the Environment, Stockholm University; Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, Carl Folke, Director of the Centre for Research on Natural Resources and the Environment (CNM), and a Professor in the Department of Systems Ecology Stockholm University, Sweden; Professor at the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Part I - Perspectives on resilience
    pp 31-32
    • By Fikret Berkes, Professor Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada, Johan Colding, Centre for Research on Natural Resources and the Environment, Stockholm University; Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, Carl Folke, Director of the Centre for Research on Natural Resources and the Environment (CNM), and a Professor in the Department of Systems Ecology Stockholm University, Sweden; Professor at the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Part II - Building resilience in local management systems
    pp 115-115
    • By Fikret Berkes, Professor Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada, Johan Colding, Centre for Research on Natural Resources and the Environment, Stockholm University; Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, Carl Folke, Director of the Centre for Research on Natural Resources and the Environment (CNM), and a Professor in the Department of Systems Ecology Stockholm University, Sweden; Professor at the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Part III - Social-ecological learning and adaptation
    pp 187-188
    • By Fikret Berkes, Professor Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada, Johan Colding, Centre for Research on Natural Resources and the Environment, Stockholm University; Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, Carl Folke, Director of the Centre for Research on Natural Resources and the Environment (CNM), and a Professor in the Department of Systems Ecology Stockholm University, Sweden; Professor at the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Part IV - Cross-scale institutional response to change
    pp 269-270
    • By Fikret Berkes, Professor Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada, Johan Colding, Centre for Research on Natural Resources and the Environment, Stockholm University; Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, Carl Folke, Director of the Centre for Research on Natural Resources and the Environment (CNM), and a Professor in the Department of Systems Ecology Stockholm University, Sweden; Professor at the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden

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