Social-ecological System Resilience, Climate Change, & Adaptive Water Governance

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Award Year: 
2013
Principal Investigator: 
Barbara Cosens, University of Idaho
Lance Gunderson, Emory University
Associated Program: 

  
Water, in addition to its role in sustaining human life, supports ecosystems that provide many of the services society relies on. Yet our governance of major water systems has not placed them on a path toward sustainability. Resilience thinking provides a bridging concept between knowledge of the biophysical system and governance principles to move systems of water and society to a more sustainable future. Resilience is a measure of the amount of perturbation a social-ecological system can withstand while maintaining its structure and functions. Research to facilitate sustainability in major water basins must focus not only on ecological resilience, but on how to achieve that resilience in a manner perceived as legitimate by the participants in a democratic society and that begins with the current hierarchical and fragmented system as the baseline from which new approaches must be applied. Achieving this level of integration between ecological concepts and governance requires a dialogue across multiple disciplines, including ecologists with expertise in ecological resilience, hydrologists and climate experts, with social scientists and legal scholars.

This Pursuit seeks to explore whether criteria and models can be developed to link ecological resilience and the policies governing the process of water management in complex, multi-jurisdictional water basins, and will contribute to the growing effort to connect concepts from science to policy decisions and to move social-ecological systems toward greater sustainability.

Participants: 
Craig Allen, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Anthony Arnold, University of Louisville
Melinda Benson, University of New Mexico
Brian Chaffin, US Environmental Protection Agency
Mary Collins, SESYNC
Robin Craig, University of Utah
Daniel DeCaro, University of Louisville
Alexander Fremier, Washington State University
Ahjond Garmestani, US Environmental Protection Agency
Dale Goble, University of Idaho
Hannah Gosnell, Oregon State University
Olivia Green, US Environmental Protection Agency
Shana Hirsch, University of Idaho
Ramsey Kropf, US Department of the Interior
Kim Ogren, Oregon State University
J.B. Ruhl, Vanderbilt University
Edella Schlager, University of Arizona
Anthony Schutz, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Mark Stone, University of New Mexico

Resources:

Resource Title Brief Summary
Adaptive governance of riverine and wetland ecosystem goods and services Dec 01, 2016

Article published in the Journal of Environmental Management.

Emergence, institutionalization and renewal: Rhythms of adaptive governance in complex social-ecological systems Jan 01, 2016

Article published in the Journal of Environmental Management.

Cross-interdisciplinary insights into adaptive governance and resilience Nov 11, 2017

Article published in Ecology and Society.

Transforming (perceived) rigidity in environmental law through adaptive governance: a case of Endangered Species Act implementation Dec 19, 2017

Article published in Ecology and Society

Introduction to the Special Feature Practicing Panarchy: Assessing legal flexibility, ecological resilience, and adaptive governance in regional water systems experiencing rapid environmental change Jan 16, 2018

Article published in Ecology and Society

Practical Panarchy for Adaptive Water Governance: Linking Law to Social-Ecological Resilience Apr 19, 2018

Book: Practical Panarchy for Adaptive Water Governance: Linking Law to Social-Ecological Resilience. 

Case Studies in Adaptation and Transformation of Ecosystems, Legal Systems, and Governance Systems Apr 19, 2018

Chapter published in Practical Panarchy for Adaptive Water Governance.

An Introduction to Practical Panarchy: Linking Law, Resilience, and Adaptive Water Governance of Regional Scale Social-Ecological Systems Apr 19, 2018

Chapter published in Practical Panarchy for Adaptive Water Governance.

Adaptive Water Governance: Summary and Synthesis Apr 19, 2018

Chapter published in Practical Panarchy for Adaptive Water Governance.

Trajectories of Change in Regional-Scale Social-Ecological Water Systems Apr 19, 2018

Chapter published in Practical Panarchy for Adaptive Water Governance.

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