A social–ecological approach to conservation planning: embedding social considerations

Ban, Natalie C., Mills, Morena, Tam, Jordan, Hicks, Christina C., Klain, Sarah, Stoeckl, Natalie, Bottrill, Madeleine C., Levine, Jordan, Pressey, Robert L., Satterfield, Terre, and Chan, Kai MA (2013) A social–ecological approach to conservation planning: embedding social considerations. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 11 (4). pp. 194-202.

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Many conservation plans remain unimplemented, in part because of insufficient consideration of the social processes that influence conservation decisions. Complementing social considerations with an integrated understanding of the ecology of a region can result in a more complete conservation approach. We suggest that linking conservation planning to a social–ecological systems (SES) framework can lead to a more thorough understanding of human–environment interactions and more effective integration of social considerations. By characterizing SES as a set of subsystems, and their interactions with each other and with external factors, the SES framework can improve our understanding of the linkages between social and ecological influences on the environment. Using this framework can help to identify socially and ecologically focused conservation actions that will benefit ecosystems and human communities, and assist in the development of more consistent evidence for evaluating conservation actions by comparing conservation case studies.

Item ID: 24867
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1540-9309
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), International Council for Canadian Studies, Government of Canada
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2013 22:39
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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