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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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Principal Component Analysis of the municipal councils (Table 1) based on their normalized observed occurrences in occupying a coordinator position across seven motif types (Table 4). Black circles indicate the designated coordinator position for each motif. The motif 2b.f was not included as there were no observed occurrences of this type
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Fig6: Principal Component Analysis of the municipal councils (Table 1) based on their normalized observed occurrences in occupying a coordinator position across seven motif types (Table 4). Black circles indicate the designated coordinator position for each motif. The motif 2b.f was not included as there were no observed occurrences of this type

Mentions: Examination of the specific position occupied by every social actor for each coordinator motif type provided insights into the functional role occupied (Table 4). For some motif types (e.g., 2b.f), the observed coordinator position was not occupied, while other motifs including a coordinating position (e.g., 2b.g) occurred more frequently (Table 4). Three main coordinator groups were observed and displayed in the principal components analysis (Fig. 6). The motifs characterized by the fully connected social triangle (i.e., the coordinator position links two actors that are already directly connected, such as 2.b.h) describe the municipal councils of Nykvarn and Haninge. Municipal councils that occupy a coordinator position linking two other councils that were not directly connected (e.g., 2b.e) characterize Täby council, while Stockholm was a combination of both configurations. The third group of 16 councils was not identified as occupying coordinating positions more or less than at an “average” degree. Two councils Sundbyberg and Solna did not contain wetlands yet were identified as participating as coordinating actors in a small number of cases.Table 4


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

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

Principal Component Analysis of the municipal councils (Table 1) based on their normalized observed occurrences in occupying a coordinator position across seven motif types (Table 4). Black circles indicate the designated coordinator position for each motif. The motif 2b.f was not included as there were no observed occurrences of this type
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Fig6: Principal Component Analysis of the municipal councils (Table 1) based on their normalized observed occurrences in occupying a coordinator position across seven motif types (Table 4). Black circles indicate the designated coordinator position for each motif. The motif 2b.f was not included as there were no observed occurrences of this type
Mentions: Examination of the specific position occupied by every social actor for each coordinator motif type provided insights into the functional role occupied (Table 4). For some motif types (e.g., 2b.f), the observed coordinator position was not occupied, while other motifs including a coordinating position (e.g., 2b.g) occurred more frequently (Table 4). Three main coordinator groups were observed and displayed in the principal components analysis (Fig. 6). The motifs characterized by the fully connected social triangle (i.e., the coordinator position links two actors that are already directly connected, such as 2.b.h) describe the municipal councils of Nykvarn and Haninge. Municipal councils that occupy a coordinator position linking two other councils that were not directly connected (e.g., 2b.e) characterize Täby council, while Stockholm was a combination of both configurations. The third group of 16 councils was not identified as occupying coordinating positions more or less than at an “average” degree. Two councils Sundbyberg and Solna did not contain wetlands yet were identified as participating as coordinating actors in a small number of cases.Table 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.