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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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The figure shows the two simplest motifs (2a.a and 2a.c) and their frequency distribution when observed in 1000 random simulations. The red bar indicates the single frequency value (bar height only ensures visibility) that was observed for the ecological parameters of 3 ha and 13 km (Table 2). The bar situated to the left of the random distribution indicates that the open motif 2a.a is less frequent that would be expected if randomly assembled. The number of standard deviations (5.3 for 2a.a, 2.7 for 2a.c) reflects the strength of this pattern
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Fig5: The figure shows the two simplest motifs (2a.a and 2a.c) and their frequency distribution when observed in 1000 random simulations. The red bar indicates the single frequency value (bar height only ensures visibility) that was observed for the ecological parameters of 3 ha and 13 km (Table 2). The bar situated to the left of the random distribution indicates that the open motif 2a.a is less frequent that would be expected if randomly assembled. The number of standard deviations (5.3 for 2a.a, 2.7 for 2a.c) reflects the strength of this pattern

Mentions: The nine combinations of ecological configurations (Table 2) capture a wide range of movement possibilities and habitat area requirements of wetland dependent animals. Yet, our measure of standard deviations of motif frequency from the mean value of the randomly generated networks was consistent (Table 3) across the 9 ecological scenarios (Table 2). Motifs that signify connected governing actors with coordinating actors for both the common-pool resource model (Fig. 2a) and the connected ecological model (Fig. 2b) were observed to occur at a higher frequency than expected (Fig. 5). This illustrates the propensity of the municipal councils to configure themselves toward this governance structure.Table 3


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

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

The figure shows the two simplest motifs (2a.a and 2a.c) and their frequency distribution when observed in 1000 random simulations. The red bar indicates the single frequency value (bar height only ensures visibility) that was observed for the ecological parameters of 3 ha and 13 km (Table 2). The bar situated to the left of the random distribution indicates that the open motif 2a.a is less frequent that would be expected if randomly assembled. The number of standard deviations (5.3 for 2a.a, 2.7 for 2a.c) reflects the strength of this pattern
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Fig5: The figure shows the two simplest motifs (2a.a and 2a.c) and their frequency distribution when observed in 1000 random simulations. The red bar indicates the single frequency value (bar height only ensures visibility) that was observed for the ecological parameters of 3 ha and 13 km (Table 2). The bar situated to the left of the random distribution indicates that the open motif 2a.a is less frequent that would be expected if randomly assembled. The number of standard deviations (5.3 for 2a.a, 2.7 for 2a.c) reflects the strength of this pattern
Mentions: The nine combinations of ecological configurations (Table 2) capture a wide range of movement possibilities and habitat area requirements of wetland dependent animals. Yet, our measure of standard deviations of motif frequency from the mean value of the randomly generated networks was consistent (Table 3) across the 9 ecological scenarios (Table 2). Motifs that signify connected governing actors with coordinating actors for both the common-pool resource model (Fig. 2a) and the connected ecological model (Fig. 2b) were observed to occur at a higher frequency than expected (Fig. 5). This illustrates the propensity of the municipal councils to configure themselves toward this governance structure.Table 3

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.