FORUM: Effective management of ecological resilience – are we there yet?

Journal of Applied Ecology
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  1. Ecological resilience is developing into a credible paradigm for policy development and environmental management for preserving natural capital in a rapidly changing world. However, resilience emerges from complex interactions, limiting the translation of theory into practice.
  2. Main limitations include the following: (i) difficulty in quantification and detection of changes in ecological resilience, (ii) a lack of empirical evidence to support preventative or proactive management and (iii) difficulties in managing processes operating across socio-ecological systems that vary in space and time.
  3. We highlight recent research with the potential to address these limitations including new and/or improved indicators of resilience and tools to assess scale as a driver of resilience.
  4. Synthesis and applications. Effective resilience-based management must be adaptive in nature. To support this, we propose an operational model using resilience-based iterative management actions operating across scales.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title FORUM: Effective management of ecological resilience – are we there yet?
Series title Journal of Applied Ecology
DOI 10.1111/1365-2664.12497
Volume 52
Issue 5
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher British Ecological Society
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Seattle
Description 5 p.
First page 1311
Last page 1315