Tuesday 6
Assessing resilience assessment: is the tool applicable to management of social-ecological systems in contested frontier regions?
Robert Bushbasher, W. Barthels
› 17:15 - 18:10 (55min)
› Antigone 1
Developing Resilience Assessment e-learning modules for development practitioners for improved stewardship of social-ecological systems
Sara Elfstrand  1@  
1 : The Resilience and Development Programme (SwedBio), Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

The Resilience and Development Programme (SwedBio) at Stockholm Resilience Centre is a knowledge interface in the areas of biodiversity, resilience and ecosystem services related to needs in developing countries with the intention to contribute to improved understanding, knowledge generation, management and governance of socio-ecological systems. The programme aim to facilitate connections across knowledge systems and cultures. This involves bridging local and indigenous knowledge, practitioners, policy makers and scientific knowledge, with the intention to contribute to improved understanding, knowledge generation, management and good governance of socio-ecological systems.

Working with actors from local grass-root to global policy level within the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services, it has become clear that resilience thinking is an appealing framework and widely used concept for a diverse set of actors and contexts, but also that there is a great demand for capacity-building and discussion on what a resilience lens to development actually mean in practice and what it can contribute in relation to other widely used frameworks.

One approach to address this that SwedBio, Albaeco and Stockholm Resilience Centre currently explore in close collaboration with scientists and development practitioners is an e-learning course that combines theoretical concepts with practical tools and best practice cases of resilience assessments. The aim is two-fold; to facilitate outreach of key-concepts of resilience through developing online teaching modules and contribute to empowerment and strengthening of participant's capacity to use a resilience approach in their respective context. To aid the further development of a resilience assessment methodology that is easily accessible and relevant for development practitioners a further aim is to engage in case studies for collaborative learning and development of the assessment methodology. Issues that will be explored and discussed at the Resilience 2014 conference are the components, methodology, and complementarity of a resilience assessment to other assessment frameworks for stewardship of biodiversity and ecosystems, and the integration of power analysis in resilience assessments. 

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