Wednesday 7
Marine Governance Transformation Outcomes : the good, the bad and the ugly
Stefan Gelcich, Joshua Cinner, John N. (Jack) Kittinger
› 14:35 - 15:30 (55min)
› JOFFRE 1-2
Beyond transformations in Chilean marine governance: stewardship, traps and the need for innovation cycles.
Stefan Gelcich  1, 2@  
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

Marine ecosystems are in global decline. New transformational changes in governance have been advocated to cope with overfishing, pollution, climate change, and other drivers of degradation. Here I explore the outcomes of a governance transformation, which resulted in a revolutionary national system that allocates exclusive territorial user rights to artisanal fisher associations (TURFs) in Chile. The presentation specifically assesses the extent to which the capacity for stewardship of coastal social-ecological systems is enhanced through the implementation of TURFs. In addition, it assesses the implications of the transformation over the social-ecological systems adaptive capacity and identifies opportunities for enhancing continuous innovation cycles aimed at identifying further alternative pathways. Results show how a desirable governance transformation could eventually trap the resulting social-ecological system into a certain management paradigm, with important implications over the systems adaptive capacity. However, results also show how stewardship capacity developed as a consequence of the governance transformation can trigger the necessary innovation to escape the transformation trap. This presentation is one of three which form part of the session called “Marine Governance Transformation Outcomes: the good, the bad and the ugly” organized by S. Gelcich, JE Cinner and J. Kittinger.

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