Barriers and bridges to the integration of social-ecological resilience and law

Green, Olivia Odom and Garmestani, Ahjond S. and Allen, Craig R. and Gunderson, Lance H. and Ruhl, J. B. and Arnold, Craig A. and Graham, Nicholas A. J. and Cosens, Barbara and Angeler, David G. and Chaffin, Brian C. and Holling, C. S. (2015) Barriers and bridges to the integration of social-ecological resilience and law. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13 (6). pp. 332-337. ISSN 1540-9295

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Abstract

There is a fundamental difference between the ways in which ecologists and lawyers view uncertainty: in the study of ecology, uncertainty provides a catalyst for exploration, whereas uncertainty is antithetical to the rule of law. This issue is particularly troubling in environmental management, where the tensions between law and ecology become apparent. Rather than acknowledge uncertainties in management actions, legal frameworks often force a false sense of certainty in linking cause and effect. While adaptive management has been developed to deal with uncertainty, laws and legal wrangling can be obstacles to implementation. In this article, we recommend resilience-based governance "adaptive governance" as a means to begin bridging the gap between law and ecology.

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Journal Article
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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
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81012
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Deposited On:
30 Aug 2016 12:48
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Yes
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Published
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11 Mar 2020 05:22