Monday, April 28, 2014

New booklet on building resilience in Social Ecological Systems

Applying resilience thinking - Seven principles for building resilience in social-ecological systems (SES) is a new booklet from the Stockholm Resilience Centre that describes how resilience can be practically applied. The booklet presents examples and case studies that illustrate seven principles for building resilience. Expanding on a previous review paper that emerged from a collaboration among Resilience Alliance Young Scholars (RAYS), this new publications is a summary of the upcoming book "Principles for Building Resilience: Sustaining Ecosystem Services in Social-Ecological Systems" soon to be published by Cambridge University Press. Editors: Oonsie Biggs, Maja Schlüter and Michael Schoon, will lead a panel discussion with some of the contributing authors at Resilience 2014, on Tuesday 6 May, 11:30-12:30.

New working group on collaborative governance and management 
RAYS members, Georgina Cundill and Michael Schoon, are leading a new working group on collaborative governance and management in support of resilience-based ecosystem stewardship. This working group (Christo Fabricius, Lisen Schultz, Chanda Meek and others) is part of a larger research initiative: the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) sponsored by ICSU and UNESCO. The project will carry out a multi-scale assessment of collaborative governance and management. Cundill and Schoon are optimistic that the international-level effort, under the PECS umbrella, will in turn support local efforts at understanding collaboration in environmental management.

Science and Practice of Ecology & Society Award
July 1, 2014 is the deadline for nominations for this year's Science and Practice of Ecology & Society Award. The award is given to the individual or organization that is the most effective in bringing transdisciplinary science of the interactions of ecology and society into practice. More information here.


Artic Resilience Report workshop
In preparation for the final Arctic Resilience Report a workshop and Project Steering Committee meeting were held in Helsinki, on April 8-9. The final report will be published next year May 2015. A session on The Arctic Resilience Report: Progress and Prospects will be held at Resilience 2014 on Tuesday 6 May, 15:40-16:40.

Assessing General Resilience
Brian Walker and colleagues have written a new discussion paper on General Resilience that was informed by a recent workshop in south-eastern Australia. In it they identify twelve components of general resilience and provide "a useful starting point for those considering undertaking this kind of assessment".  Read more here.

Select recent publications & writing  
Water resilience for human prosperity. 2014. Rockström, J., M. Falkenmark, C. Folke, M. Lannerstad, J. Barron, E. Enfors, L. Gordon, J. Heinke, H. Hoff and C. Pahl-Wostl. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Early warning signals of ecological transitions: methods for spatial patterns. 2014. Kéfi, S., V. Guttal, W.A. Brock, S.R. Carpenter, A.M. Ellison, V. N. Livina, D. A. Seekell, M. Scheffer, E.H. van Nes, and V. Dakos. PLoS ONE 9(3):e92097.
Water policy reform and innovation: A systematic review. 2014. Moore, M.L., S. von der Porten, R. Plummer, O. Brandes and J. Baird. Environmental Science & Policy 38:263-271.
Invasive plants as drivers of regime shifts: identifying high-priority invaders that alter feedback relationships. 2014. Gaertner, M., R. Biggs, M. Te Beest, C. Hui, J. Molofsky, and D. M. Richardson. Diversity and Distributions: in press.
Forest fragments modulate the provision of multiple ecosystem services. 2014. Mitchell, M.G.E., E.M. Bennett, and A. Gonzalez. Journal of Applied Ecology: in press.