Adaptive management of the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon World Heritage Areas

Hughes, Terence P., Gunderson, Lance H., Folke, Carl, Baird, Andrew H., Bellwood, David, Berkes, Fikret, Crona, Beatrice, Helfgott, Ariella, Leslie, Heather, Norberg, Jon, Nyström, Marcus, Olsson, Per, Österblom, Henrik, Scheffer, Marten, Schuttenberg, Heidi, Steneck, Robert S., Tengo, Maria, Troell, Max, Walker, Brian, Wilson, James, and Worm, Boris (2007) Adaptive management of the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon World Heritage Areas. Ambio, 36 (7). pp. 586-592.

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Abstract

Conventional perceptions of the interactions between people and their environment are rapidly transforming. Old paradigms that view humans as separate from nature, natural resources as inexhaustible or endlessly substitutable, and the world as stable, predictable, and in balance are no longer tenable. New conceptual frameworks are rapidly emerging based on an adaptive approach that focuses on learning and flexible management in a dynamic social-ecological landscape. Using two iconic World Heritage Areas as case studies (the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon) we outline how an improved integration of the scientific and social aspects of natural resource management can guide the evolution of multiscale systems of governance that confront and cope with uncertainty, risk, and change in an increasingly human-dominated world.

Item ID: 2814
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: environment; multiscale systems; risk; change; human-dominated world
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ISSN: 1654-7209
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2009 04:57
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960504 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments @ 100%
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