Tuesday 6
Principles for Building Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems : Sustaining ecosystem services in a turbulent world
Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, Maja Schlueter, Michael Schoon
› 11:30 - 12:30 (1h)
› JOFFRE 1-4
Principles for Building Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems: Sustaining ecosystem services in a turbulent world
Reinette (oonsie) Biggs  1, 2@  , Maja Schlueter, Michael Schoon@
1 : Stockholm University
2 : Stellenbosch University

As society and the world we live in face increasingly rapid and turbulent changes, the concept of resilience has become an active and important research area within the emerging field of sustainability science. Over the past two decades there has been an explosion of research into system attributes that may promote or undermine the resilience of ecological, social, and coupled social-ecological systems, and the ecosystem services (e.g. freshwater, climate regulation) on which society depends. Given the diversity of potential attributes involved, this has stimulated research that draws on a wide range of disciplines, including social, economic, political and ecological sciences. However, it has also led to a somewhat dispersed and fragmented understanding of the importance of different resilience-enhancing factors such as diversity, learning or polycentricity, and the empirical evidence in support of these factors.

In this session we will briefly present and discuss the implications of a new synthetic book led by the Resilience Alliance Young Scientists (RAYS) that aims to systematically assess and evaluate the empirical evidence in support of 7 broad principles for enhancing the capacity of social-ecological systems to continue delivering desired sets of ecosystem services: (1) maintain diversity and redundancy, (2) manage connectivity, (3) manage slow variables and feedbacks, (4) foster an understanding of SES as complex adaptive systems, (5) encourage learning and experimentation, (6) broaden participation, and (7) promote polycentric governance systems. The book brings together and synthesizes different strands of resilience research, specifically in relation to the evidence and implications of this work for managing social-ecological systems.

The session will be structured around a short introductory presentation summarizing the key findings for each principle, followed by a panel discussion focusing on how each principle might be operationalized in the context of developed versus developing countries. The panel discussion will be opened by asking each of the seven panelists to provide an innovative idea or example of how a particular principle might be operationalized in a developed country or a developing country. After briefly presenting their views, we will open for questions and a broader discussion on relationships between the principles. The proposed structure for the session is:

Presentation: Short introduction to the book, summaries of principles (15 min) [Oonsie Biggs].

Panel discussion: Each panelist provides one innovative idea or example of how a particular principle could be operationalized in the context of either a developed or developing country. This is followed by a discussion on the interrelationships amongst the principles (30 min)

General discussion & questions: (15 min)

The 7 panelists will include a subset of the book authors attending the conference. The book authors are Oonsie Biggs, Maja Schlüter, Mike Schoon, Marty Anderies, Derek Armitage, Jacopo Baggio ,Duan Biggs, Erin Bohensky, Örjan Bodin, Shauna BurnSilver, Kate Brown, Georgina Cundill, Tim Daw, Vasilis Dakos, Nathan Engle, Louisa Evans, Christo Fabricius, Carl Folke, Victor Galaz, Line Gordon, Karen Kotschy, Anne Leitch, Chanda Meek, Garry Peterson, Allyson Quinlan, Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne, Mark Reed, Martin Robards, Lisen Schultz ,Brian Walker, Paul West, Frances Westley


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