Novel ecosystems and social-ecological resilience

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Title: Novel ecosystems and social-ecological resilience
Authors: Collier, Marcus
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Date: Oct-2015
Abstract: Context: Novel ecosystems are anthropogenic landscapes that cannot be returned to their original ecological status. Little is known the social-ecological dynamics of these never-before-seen ecosystems. Less is known of their implications for society, sustainability and transitioning. Objective and methods: This literature review contends that novel ecosystems may be regarded as exemplars of social-ecological resilience and that the exploration of potential opportunities within novel ecosystem theory is being constrained by a lack of investigation. Results: Societal values in relation to novel ecosystems are unknown. Since societal values can influence conservation and restoration policies and practice, it is suggested that future policy prescriptions will need to explore the fundamentals this emerging relationship. Conclusions: It could be contended that such complex issues such as novel ecosystems will demand a science of transition, where the desire is to combine the science of discovery and science of engagement into a normative framework for societal change based on reality and realistic objectives and goals.
Funding Details: Enterprise Ireland
European Commission - Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Springer
Journal: Landscape Ecology
Volume: 30
Issue: 8
Start page: 1363
End page: 1369
Copyright (published version): 2015 Springer
Keywords: Novel ecosystemsResilienceSocial-ecological systemsTransitioningTransitory landscapes
DOI: 10.1007/s10980-015-0243-z
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection

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