Drivers of change and sustainability in linked social-ecological systems: an analysis in the Volta River Basin of Ghana, West Africa

Kotir, Julius H., Brown, Greg, Marshall, Nadine, and Johnstone, Ron (2017) Drivers of change and sustainability in linked social-ecological systems: an analysis in the Volta River Basin of Ghana, West Africa. Society and Natural Resources, 30 (10). pp. 1229-1245.

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Abstract

Understanding the nature and relative importance of various drivers of change is crucial for sustainable management of natural resources and in prioritizing management efforts, allocating limited resources, and understanding cumulative effects. For this article, we employed structured an expert judgments approach to identify, characterize, and assess the relative importance of the key biophysical and socioeconomic drivers of change within the Volta River Basin, West Africa. Precipitation variability, water availability, land use change, drought events, and population growth were perceived as most important, while biodiversity loss, social conflicts, pest and disease occurrence, urbanization, and pollution were viewed as less critical. A majority of these drivers were characterized as "slow" acting processes as compared to rapidly changing drivers. Intra-and interexpert groups agreement were found to be significant and convergent, indicating the reliability of the results. The implications of these results for sustainable water resources management and agricultural production are discussed.

Item ID: 51559
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1521-0723
Keywords: Africa, agri-food system, coupled human-environmental system, expert judgment, socioeconomic change, water resources system
Funders: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), University of Queensland (UQ)
Projects and Grants: CSIRO Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) science program, UQ School Research Grant
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2017 08:08
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960606 Rights to Environmental and Natural Resources (excl. Water Allocation) @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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