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Innovative approaches are required to address the sustainability of ecosystems and human wellbeing. Adaptive co-management (ACM) is emerging as such an approach because it nurtures resilience and provides an arena to address the complexity and uncertainty that characterize socialecological systems.
The literature on adaptive co-management reveals considerable variation in how it is defined and operationalized, a limited basis for rigorously comparing empirical findings, and few insights about relationships to actual outcomes. In this paper, we develop a diagnostic framework for ACM and discuss its implementation in biosphere reserves.
The diagnostic framework draws upon existing scholarship and involves investigating the setting, looking for activities and practices, assessing learning and collaboration, and making connections to outcomes. Biosphere reserves are identified as natural experiments with ACM and we therefore use them to illustrate how each aspect of the framework can be made operational. The framework is an important step in systematically and consistently diagnosing ACM across contexts.
Research news | 2018-08-14
New index reveals how climate risks are reinforced by global connectivity, leaving no country shielded from impact
General news | 2018-08-14
Event, Tuesday 11 September 2018 in partnership with ICF and the UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R. A Global Climate Action Summit affiliate event
Research news | 2018-08-13
New analysis reveals connections between tax havens and resource degradation in both the Amazon rainforest and global fisheries
Research news | 2018-08-06
Keeping global warming to within 1.5-2°C may be more difficult than previously assessed
Research news | 2018-07-10
The World in 2050 initiative launches new report outlining synergies and benefits that render the goals achievable
Research news | 2018-06-27
Overfishing, fractured international relationships and political conflicts loom as fish migrate more unpredictably because of climate change. Here is how to deal with it