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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.

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Ecological nodes in a part of the study area. Black wetlands are part of three ecological nodes (movement zones) with >12-ha wetland, whereas nodes with >6-ha wetland include also gray wetlands. For the 4 nodes with >6-ha wetland area, the blue link represents connections up to 4 km, whereas blue and red links connect movement zones up to 8 km. At 13 km, the nodes in the image are fully connected
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Fig4: Ecological nodes in a part of the study area. Black wetlands are part of three ecological nodes (movement zones) with >12-ha wetland, whereas nodes with >6-ha wetland include also gray wetlands. For the 4 nodes with >6-ha wetland area, the blue link represents connections up to 4 km, whereas blue and red links connect movement zones up to 8 km. At 13 km, the nodes in the image are fully connected

Mentions: Based on the wetland area density, we generated three sets of ecological nodes by delineating zones with more than 3-, 6-, or 12-ha wetland (Fig. 4). Ecological links between movement zones were identified when the edge-to-edge distance between wetlands did not exceed 4, 8, or 13 km. Combined with the collaboration data, nine different social–ecological networks were produced (Table 2).Fig. 4


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

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

Ecological nodes in a part of the study area. Black wetlands are part of three ecological nodes (movement zones) with >12-ha wetland, whereas nodes with >6-ha wetland include also gray wetlands. For the 4 nodes with >6-ha wetland area, the blue link represents connections up to 4 km, whereas blue and red links connect movement zones up to 8 km. At 13 km, the nodes in the image are fully connected
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Fig4: Ecological nodes in a part of the study area. Black wetlands are part of three ecological nodes (movement zones) with >12-ha wetland, whereas nodes with >6-ha wetland include also gray wetlands. For the 4 nodes with >6-ha wetland area, the blue link represents connections up to 4 km, whereas blue and red links connect movement zones up to 8 km. At 13 km, the nodes in the image are fully connected
Mentions: Based on the wetland area density, we generated three sets of ecological nodes by delineating zones with more than 3-, 6-, or 12-ha wetland (Fig. 4). Ecological links between movement zones were identified when the edge-to-edge distance between wetlands did not exceed 4, 8, or 13 km. Combined with the collaboration data, nine different social–ecological networks were produced (Table 2).Fig. 4

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.