Wednesday 7
Pathways of Resilience in a Rapidly Changing Alaska
Berill Blair, Winslow Hansen
› 14:35 - 15:30 (55min)
› JOFFRE 1-4
Generalizable Principles for Ecosystem Stewardship-Based Management of Social-Ecological Systems: Lessons Learned from Alaska
Winslow Hansen  1@  
1 : Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin Madison  -  Website
Birge Hall, 430 Lincoln Drive Madison, WI, 53706 -  États-Unis

Human pressure may increasingly compromise the provision of important ecosystem services if we do not implement strategies, such as ecosystem stewardship, to foster more sustainable trajectories. Barriers to managing systems based on ecosystem stewardship principles are pervasive. However, solutions to help managers overcome these barriers are less common. How can we better integrate ecosystem stewardship into current natural resource management practices? I draw on the literature and conduct case studies of two natural resource management issues in Alaska to develop generalizable principles that can help natural resource managers redirect how people use and view ecosystems. These include accounting for both people and ecosystems in management actions, considering historical and current system dynamics but managing flexibly for the future, identifying interactions between scales; organizational, temporal, and spatial, embracing multiple causes in addition to multiple objectives, and acknowledging that there are no panaceas, success will be incremental. I also identify a pathway to move these principles from theory to application and rigorously evaluate their utility. The lessons drawn from my case studies characterizing the management of wildfire in the wildland-urban interface, and the conservation of Yukon River King salmon, suggest that while barriers to implementing ecosystem stewardship based management strategies persist, many natural resource managers are poised to overcome them and develop innovative adaptations to social-ecological problems. This paper will be presented in the special session entitled "Pathways of Resilience in a Rapidly Changing Alaska."


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