Capacities for Watershed Resilience: Persistence, Adaptation, and Transformation
Water management and governance at the watershed scale is complex, with attention needed to the realities of fit with institutional arrangements and consideration of the dynamic and uncertain nature of social-ecological systems. The concept of social-ecological resilience and its application to water resources – ‘water resilience’ hereafter – offers a framework by which to approach these critical considerations. Water resilience is defined by three concepts: persistence; adaptation; and, transformation. These concepts are each complex themselves, and there has been little attention to the relationships among them.
We describe the areas of overlap and uniqueness among these concepts through the identification of factors that underlie each. Then, we draw upon three case studies of watershed organizations to illustrate overlap and uniqueness. Through these conceptual exercises we identify substantive areas of overlap among persistence, adaptation, and transformation and that case studies exhibit factors related to all three concepts, even when the case is primarily focused on one. Overlapping factors of particular note include diversity and redundancy, connectedness, and learning.
We also identify that, while factors may overlap among persistence, adaptation, and transformation, the underlying intent is different. Ultimately, we find that the boundaries among the concepts that comprise water resilience are fuzzy and depending upon the needs and/or desires of watershed organizations to persist, adapt, or transform, different factors and qualities of those factors that align with those intentions may be emphasized.
Research news | 2021-07-03
Groundbreaking book on methods to study social-ecological systems
Open-access book covers 28 broad groups of methods, featuring contributions from almost a hundred authors in 16 countries
Research news | 2021-06-23
Better scenario building can help curb global threat of invasive species
Invasive species remain largely ignored in current future analyses. Experts present first set ever of alternative futures for global biological invasions
Research news | 2021-06-22
New software helps design sustainable cities
Natural Capital Project have developed a software that shows city planners where to invest in nature to improve people’s lives. It will also save billions of dollars
Research news | 2021-06-21
Proximity to green boosts building projects
Proximity to ecosystem services raises the value of residential and commercial areas around cities. Future projects should focus more to keep it that way
Research news | 2021-06-18
How much is the right amount of meat?
Celebrating World Sustainable Gastronomy Day, centre doctoral student Kajsa Resare Sahlin on why we need to better understand how much ‘less’ meat actually is and what ‘better’ means
Research news | 2021-06-18
The accidental chef
How a former PhD student’s book on food and life in the Pamir Mountains won the world’s most prestigious culinary book award