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Closing the collaborative gap: Aligning social and ecological connectivity for better management of interconnected wetlands.

Kininmonth S, Bergsten A, Bodin Ö - Ambio (2015)

Bottom Line: Understanding how governance structures align to ecological processes in a landscape is critical for effective management of ecological resources.Coordination and collaboration among managing actors, each managing their own piece of the puzzle, is therefore essentially a requirement for effective management.We discuss this pattern emergence, its potential implications, and examine which municipalities adopt these coordinating functions.

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Affiliation: Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden, stuart.kininmonth@su.se.

ABSTRACT
Understanding how governance structures align to ecological processes in a landscape is critical for effective management of ecological resources. Ecological resources are not independent from each other, instead they are interconnected, and their well-being is often critically dependent on upholding ecological connectivity, especially in times of change and disturbances. Coordination and collaboration among managing actors, each managing their own piece of the puzzle, is therefore essentially a requirement for effective management. We present a conceptual model that includes ecological resources, managing and coordinating actors, along with an explicit representation on how all these entities are connected to each other. We apply this model to 25 municipalities that manage 408 wetlands in central Sweden. The study shows a good social and ecological alignment, however with a high prevalence for coordination through third parties. We discuss this pattern emergence, its potential implications, and examine which municipalities adopt these coordinating functions.

No MeSH data available.


The fully connected five-node governance motif (assuming the coordinating actor is not directly connected to the ecological resources)
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Fig1: The fully connected five-node governance motif (assuming the coordinating actor is not directly connected to the ecological resources)

Mentions: The basic actor–resource interaction model (Bodin and Tengö 2012; Bodin et al. 2014) is described by a simple graph structure that has nodes symbolizing the actors and the ecological resources (Fig. 1). Connecting lines represent the interrelations between the ecological resources, between actors and ecological resources, and between actors. In this regard, our basic motif (Fig. 1) is expanded from Bodin and Tengö (2012) to include five nodes (three social and two ecological). However, it should be noted that our study also includes the subsets whereby, at the most basic level, two actors can manage a single ecological feature (i.e., 3-node motif). Since the full suite of 5-node motif combinations is neither analytically tangible nor desirable for this exercise, we selected a subset comprising only a fraction of all possible motifs (Fig. 2) that describes some social–ecological structures associated with the main governance challenges (accomplishing joint resource management across jurisdiction boundaries) at focus for this study.Fig. 1


Closing the collaborative gap: Aligning social and ecological connectivity for better management of interconnected wetlands.

Kininmonth S, Bergsten A, Bodin Ö - Ambio (2015)

The fully connected five-node governance motif (assuming the coordinating actor is not directly connected to the ecological resources)
© Copyright Policy - OpenAccess
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Fig1: The fully connected five-node governance motif (assuming the coordinating actor is not directly connected to the ecological resources)
Mentions: The basic actor–resource interaction model (Bodin and Tengö 2012; Bodin et al. 2014) is described by a simple graph structure that has nodes symbolizing the actors and the ecological resources (Fig. 1). Connecting lines represent the interrelations between the ecological resources, between actors and ecological resources, and between actors. In this regard, our basic motif (Fig. 1) is expanded from Bodin and Tengö (2012) to include five nodes (three social and two ecological). However, it should be noted that our study also includes the subsets whereby, at the most basic level, two actors can manage a single ecological feature (i.e., 3-node motif). Since the full suite of 5-node motif combinations is neither analytically tangible nor desirable for this exercise, we selected a subset comprising only a fraction of all possible motifs (Fig. 2) that describes some social–ecological structures associated with the main governance challenges (accomplishing joint resource management across jurisdiction boundaries) at focus for this study.Fig. 1

Bottom Line: Understanding how governance structures align to ecological processes in a landscape is critical for effective management of ecological resources.Coordination and collaboration among managing actors, each managing their own piece of the puzzle, is therefore essentially a requirement for effective management.We discuss this pattern emergence, its potential implications, and examine which municipalities adopt these coordinating functions.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden, stuart.kininmonth@su.se.

ABSTRACT
Understanding how governance structures align to ecological processes in a landscape is critical for effective management of ecological resources. Ecological resources are not independent from each other, instead they are interconnected, and their well-being is often critically dependent on upholding ecological connectivity, especially in times of change and disturbances. Coordination and collaboration among managing actors, each managing their own piece of the puzzle, is therefore essentially a requirement for effective management. We present a conceptual model that includes ecological resources, managing and coordinating actors, along with an explicit representation on how all these entities are connected to each other. We apply this model to 25 municipalities that manage 408 wetlands in central Sweden. The study shows a good social and ecological alignment, however with a high prevalence for coordination through third parties. We discuss this pattern emergence, its potential implications, and examine which municipalities adopt these coordinating functions.

No MeSH data available.