Tuesday 6
Assessing resilience assessment: is the tool applicable to management of social-ecological systems in contested frontier regions?
Robert Bushbasher, W. Barthels
› 17:10 - 18:10 (1h)
› Antigone 1
Assessing resilience assessment: is the tool applicable to management of social-ecological systems in contested frontier regions?
Robert Buschbacher  1, *@  , Wendy-Lin Bartels  2, *@  
1 : University of Florida  (UFL)  -  Website
School of Forest Resources and Conservation, PO Box 110760 Gainesville, FL 32611 -  États-Unis
2 : University of Florida  (UFL)  -  Website
Southeast Climate Consortium, 233 Frazier Rogers Hall, P.O.Box 110570, Gainesville, FL 32611 -  États-Unis
* : Corresponding author

This session explores the interface between resilience analysis and the management of complex social-ecological systems in regions dominated by historical legacies of oppression, weak institutions, and limited governance. It approaches the conference theme of "Whose development, whose resilience?" by addressing normative and value-laden aspects that are inherent in carrying out a resilience assessment, yet often overlooked in the resilience literature, in particular tensions between expert and stakeholder perspectives and between environmental and socioeconomic values and goals for social-ecological systems.

Two case studies that used innovative approaches to undertaking resilience assessment in development contexts, from the Amazon and Tajikistan, will offer approaches used to incorporate stakeholder perspectives and to integrate environmental and socio-economic concerns. Finally, consideration will be given to how the methodological approaches influence both the understanding of the system and the potential for incorporating that understanding into resource management and development decision-making.

We have identified the following three questions to be addressed in each case study and to be further explored in a structured dialogue between the cases:

- How was the history of the social-ecological system analyzed, and how did understanding of the history influence the results of the resilience assessment?

- Who participated in carrying out the resilience assessment and how? -- And how did that influence the results of the resilience assessment?

- How were the system attributes defined, and how did definition of the attributes influence the results of the resilience assessment?

This is a hybrid session type consisting of two 15-minute case study presentations to be followed by a structured discussion. The session will begin with a 5-minute introduction by the session chairs of the session participants, format and key questions. Two sequential presentations will then present each case and how they approached the key questions. Finally, a 25-minute facilitated discussion will start by mapping the case study approaches to each question; call on audience members to offer further perspectives on how they may have addressed these aspects of resilience assessment; and discuss the implications for making the resilience assessment methodology more applicable to development contexts in regions with limited governance due to power imbalances and weak institutions.

Participating contributions:

Wendy-Lin Bartels, Simone Athayde, Ricardo Mello, and Robert Buschbacher: Who counts resilience and whose resilience counts? Applying the RA workbook along the contested Amazonian frontier

 L. Jamila Haider: Resilience Assessment in Tajikistan: Cross scale perspectives


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