Centre contribution to book on adaptive co-management

Centre researcher Per Olsson one of the authors behind the new book "Adaptive Co-Management: Collaboration, Learning, and Multi-Level Governance"

Kristiandstads Vattenrike, the subject of study in Per Olsson's chapter in the new book. Photo: S-E.Magnusson Biosfärkontoret
Per, who is one of the theme leaders at the Stockholm Resilience Centre has written chapter 14 dealing with the role of vision and adaptive co-management in Kristianstads Vattenrike, Southern Sweden.

— The concept of adaptive co-management is becoming more and more useful in a world increasingly characterized by rapid social and ecological changes, from local to global scales. Adaptive co-management is asking how we best cope with, adapt to and possibly even transform into improved situations in the face of these changes, Per Olsson says.

The book which is published by University of British Columbia Press, is the result of a project coordinated by the three Canadian scientists Derek Armitage, Fikret Berkes, and Nancy Doubleday.

The target group includes both researchers and environmental practitioners as well as policy-makers and students in fields across the political and environmental spectrum.

Real world examples
The book is grounded in real world examples and presents the core concepts, strategies and tools in the emerging field of adaptive co-management.

This approach for managing coupled social and ecological systems is based on collaboration among multiple actors, e.g. agencies, researchers and local resource users. Management of everything from local fisheries to climate change is regarded as controlled experiments, with the consequent need for monitoring, evaluation and constant improvement.

A diverse group of researchers and practitioners have contributed to the new book that describes the benefits of adaptive co- management through a number of case studies in a wide range of geographic settings.

Shaping new governance models
The book concludes that governments around the world are now reshaping their models for governing natural and cultural resources, taking adaptive processes, multi-level interactions, feedback learning and flexible partnerships into account.

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More information about the book can be found at the University of British Columbia Press website.

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