Wednesday 7
Marine Governance Transformation Outcomes : the good, the bad and the ugly
Stefan Gelcich, Joshua Cinner, John N. (Jack) Kittinger
› 14:30 - 15:30 (1h)
› JOFFRE 1-2
Marine Governance Transformation Outcomes: the good, the bad and the ugly.
Stefan Gelcich  1, 2@  , Joshua Cinner  3@  , John N. (jack) Kittinger  4@  
1 : Departamento de Ecología, Facultad de Ciencias Biologicas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Casilla, 114-D, Chile  (PUC)
2 : Centro de Conservacion Marina & Laboratorio Internacional en Cambio Global, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
3 : ARC Center of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University
4 : Stanford University, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Marine social-ecological systems (SES) are threatened by multiple and overlapping human pressures (including overfishing, pollution, climate change) resulting in long-term trajectories of environmental degradation and decline. Governance and management responses to deal with these changes have been small, fragmented, incremental and inadequate. Recent years have seen a call for major transformational changes, but shifting from conventional approaches to new integrated, flexible management and governance approaches has proven to be difficult. In addition, evidence based assessments of marine governance transformation outcomes are scarce without a clear focus on winners and losers. Part of the problem is the general lack of understanding about the changing power distributions that are triggered by transforming from unsustainable development pathways and the lack of effort in monitoring the costs, benefits and unexpected outcomes of these new social-ecological trajectories for continuous development. Based on empirical investigations into different case studies of marine governance transformations, this session offers insights into the critical conditions under which such these transformations were possible, and provide evidence of outcomes associated with human well-being linked to these shifts. The purpose of our symposium is to bring together experts working in different marine social-ecological systems to explore the ongoing challenges associated with marine governance transformations and the empirical approaches to assessing and dealing with multiple outcomes. Presentations relate to different timings in a transformation process. By comparing case studies, we aim to increase understanding about the pattern of SES transformations and identify new fruitful directions for methodology and theory development on the implications of transformative change in marine social-ecological systems and its links to ongoing human development.

 Session Format: Traditional

- Three 12 minute presentations;

- 24 minute structured panel discussion.


Session Presentations:

1.) John N. Kittinger & Adam L. Ayers.

 Emergence of co-management governance for coral reef fisheries

2.) Joshua E. Cinner & Tim R. McClanahan.

A sea change on the African coast? Early social and ecological outcomes of a governance transformation in Kenyan fisheries

3.) Stefan Gelcich.

Beyond transformations in Chilean marine governance: Stewardship, traps and the need for innovation cycles.


Intellectual Merit and Expected Outcomes:

The organizers expect the symposium to be of high interest to conference attendees and many of the topics that will be addressed are relevant to the cross-cutting themes for Resilience 2014. Presenters will address a common core set of issues that will allow for a dynamic and cross-cutting panel discussion following the presentations. The primary goal of this symposium is to identify topical and thematic areas that share commonality across case studies, which can be used to develop new theory on the consequences of transformative change. A secondary goal is to share among participants and attendees the various analysis and methodologies used to follow-up marine social-ecological systems after transformations. The chairs expect these topics to be the focus for a perspectives paper that will call for evidence based research on outcomes of transformations to be co-authored by the organizers, presenters and interested attendees. 



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