Recognising ecological and institutional landscapes in adaptive governance of natural resources

Anton Shkaruba, Viktar Kireyeu

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Abstract

Spatially explicit information has become a de-facto standard for the analysis of natural systems. However, social science is much slower to pick up this approach, and with a few exceptions, governance structures are analysed out of the spatial contexts, despite spatial fit issues being recognised as central to the study of environmental institutions. Another problem arising from the limited use/low awareness of spatial analysis tools is that studies of social-ecological systems are rarely done consistently for a large area; instead they tend to rely on case studies that are often chosen for their idiosyncrasies. As a result, our knowledge of social-ecological systems is somewhat distorted. This study provides an account of quantitative and qualitative spatially-explicit analyses of a resource governance system, and in doing so offers a methodology for integrating biophysical and institutional dimensions of a social-ecological system in the evaluation of its adaptability. The focus is on forest systems, the scale is a nation (Belarus) and the unit of analysis is a square kilometre forest patch.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-97
Number of pages11
JournalForest Policy and Economics
Volume36
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013

Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

Keywords

  • Adaptive governance
  • Belarus
  • Earth System Governance
  • Forest ecosystems
  • Socio-ecological systems
  • Vulnerability mapping

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