Barriers and bridges to the integration of social-ecological resilience and law

Green, Olivia Odom, Garmestani, Ahjond S., Allen, Craig R., Gunderson, Lance H., Ruhl, J.B., Arnold, Craig A., Graham, Nicholas A.J., Cosens, Barbara, Angeler, David G., Chaffin, Brian C., and Holling, C.S. (2015) Barriers and bridges to the integration of social-ecological resilience and law. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13 (6). pp. 332-337.

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Abstract

There is a fundamental difference between the ways in which ecologists and lawyers view uncertainty: in the study of ecology, uncertainty provides a catalyst for exploration, whereas uncertainty is antithetical to the rule of law. This issue is particularly troubling in environmental management, where the tensions between law and ecology become apparent. Rather than acknowledge uncertainties in management actions, legal frameworks often force a false sense of certainty in linking cause and effect. While adaptive management has been developed to deal with uncertainty, laws and legal wrangling can be obstacles to implementation. In this article, we recommend resilience-based governance - "adaptive governance" - as a means to begin bridging the gap between law and ecology.

Item ID: 41924
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1540-9309
Funders: August T. Larsson Foundation of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 18:22
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 100%
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