Tuesday 6
The Social-ecological systems meta-analysis database (SESMAD) project
Michael Cox
› 11:35 - 12:30 (55min)
› JOFFRE 1-5
Migratory species, governance, and conservation: a comparative analysis of large-scale social-ecological systems
Chanda Meek  1, *@  , Irene Pérez  2@  , Michael Schoon  3@  
1 : Department of Political Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks  (UAF)  -  Website
604A Gruening Building, PO Box 756420 Fairbanks, AK 99775 -  États-Unis
2 : Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, Arizona State University  (CSID)  -  Website
School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Matthews Hall, 925 S. Forest Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 -  États-Unis
3 : School of Sustainability, Arizona State University  (ASU)  -  Website
PO Box 875502, Tempe, AZ 85287-5502 -  États-Unis
* : Corresponding author

Conserving migratory species across wide swaths of the globe exemplifies the problems of scale in achieving biodiversity conservation as well as cross-scale interactions with local, regional and national processes and actors. Recent studies analyzing the governance of migratory species have focused on the ability of actors to conserve connectivity across borders. However, the ability of international actors to act collectively to achieve an operational goal is only one category of variables out of many that have been found to influence collective action at a large scale. In this study, we bring insights from the study of mostly small-scale common-pool resources (CPR) and social-ecological systems (SES) to bear on the challenges of governing at a large geographic scale. As our sample population, we investigate the governance of migratory mammals listed in appendix I (Threatened) of the Convention of Migratory Species (www.cms.int). Of the 39 mammals included in this appendix, we randomly select several mammal species (both terrestrial and marine/aquatic) using a random number generator to identify each potential case and choosing the first cases retrieved. Covered species included such diverse cases as the Northern Right Whale, the Western Lowland Gorilla, and Grevy's Zebra. We then apply the Social-Ecological Systems Meta-Analysis database (SESMAD) and its associated framework to code our cases through cross-referencing grey and secondary literature as well as expert analysis. The SESMAD database requires coding of nearly 200 variables taken from common-pool resource theory and Ostrom's social-ecological systems framework. Coding results are used to build propositions about social, ecological and institutional variables as well as the interactions between variables that lead to successful governance of large-scale social-ecological systems.

This presentation will be part of the session entitled “The Social-ecological systems meta-analysis database (SESMAD) project.”


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