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Ambio. 2015 Jan;44 Suppl 1:S138-48. doi: 10.1007/s13280-014-0605-9.

Closing the collaborative gap: Aligning social and ecological connectivity for better management of interconnected wetlands.

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Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden, stuart.kininmonth@su.se.

Abstract

Understanding how governance structures align to ecological processes in a landscape is critical for effective management of ecological resources. Ecological resources are not independent from each other, instead they are interconnected, and their well-being is often critically dependent on upholding ecological connectivity, especially in times of change and disturbances. Coordination and collaboration among managing actors, each managing their own piece of the puzzle, is therefore essentially a requirement for effective management. We present a conceptual model that includes ecological resources, managing and coordinating actors, along with an explicit representation on how all these entities are connected to each other. We apply this model to 25 municipalities that manage 408 wetlands in central Sweden. The study shows a good social and ecological alignment, however with a high prevalence for coordination through third parties. We discuss this pattern emergence, its potential implications, and examine which municipalities adopt these coordinating functions.

PMID:
25576288
PMCID:
PMC4289001
DOI:
10.1007/s13280-014-0605-9
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