Operationalizing the social-ecological systems framework to assess sustainability.
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Environmental governance is more effective when the scales of ecological processes are well matched with the human institutions charged with managing human-environment interactions. The social-ecological systems (SESs) framework provides guidance on how to assess the social and ecological dimensions that contribute to sustainable resource use and management, but rarely if ever has been operationalized for multiple localities in a spatially explicit, quantitative manner. Here, we use the case of small-scale fisheries in Baja California Sur, Mexico, to identify distinct SES regions and test key aspects of coupled SESs theory. Regions that exhibit greater potential for social-ecological sustainability in one dimension do not necessarily exhibit it in others, highlighting the importance of integrative, coupled system analyses when implementing spatial planning and other ecosystem-based strategies.
coupled natural and human systems
Conservation of Natural Resources
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1073/pnas.1414640112
Publication InfoAburto-Oropeza, O; Basurto, Xavier; Cavanaugh, KC; Cota-Nieto, JJ; Erisman, BE; Finkbeiner, Elena; ... Weaver, AH (2015). Operationalizing the social-ecological systems framework to assess sustainability. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 112(19). pp. 5979-5984. 10.1073/pnas.1414640112. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/11470.
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Associate Professor of Sustainability Science
I am interested in the fundamental question of how groups (human and non-human) can find ways to self-organize, cooperate, and engage in successful collective action for the benefit of the common good. To do this I strive to understand how the institutions (formal and informal rules and norms) that govern social behavior, interplay with biophysical variables to shape social-ecological systems. What kind of institutions are better able to govern complex-adaptive systems? and how can societies (la
My expertise lies in theory of common-pool resources (CPR) and governance of marine social-ecological systems with the emphasis on adaptive co-management and other forms of multi-level governance arrangements. Please visit my website for more information about my research.
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