The role of bridging organizations in enhancing ecosystem services and facilitating adaptive management of social-ecological systems

Author(s): Odom Green, O., L. Schultz, M. Nekoro, A.S. Garmestani
In: Adaptive Management of Social-Ecological Systems
Year: 2015
Type: Book chapter
Link to centre authors: Schultz, Lisen
Full reference: Odom Green, O., L. Schultz, M. Nekoro, A.S. Garmestani. 2015. The role of bridging organizations in enhancing ecosystem services and facilitating adaptive management of social-ecological systems. In: Allen, C.R., A.S. Garmestani (Eds.), Adaptive Management of Social-Ecological Systems. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, Netherlands pp. 107–122.

Summary

The nested nature of social-ecological systems across scales requires a multi-scale approach for monitoring and response. However, in many cases this flow is hindered by hierarchical structures and bureaucratic procedures. Recent research suggests that bridging organizations that facilitate collaboration and learning across sectors and scales are key to adaptive governance.

Bridging organizations can facilitate cross-scale linkages, enabling formal management entities operating at discrete scales to improve communication channels and create opportunities for collaboration. This allows for management to set new target levels and modify policy to reach those target levels as new information is generated on scale-specific system attributes.

Bridging organizations also incubate new ideas for environmental management, provide a forum for coming to agreement on contentious issues, and foster the capacity to manage for resilience of social-ecological systems and the provisioning of ecosystem services that are directly and indirectly important on a regional and international scale.

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