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Governance mapping: a framework for assessing the adaptive capacity of marine resource governance to environmental change


Dutra, LXC and Sporne, I and Haward, M and Aswani, S and Cochrane, KL and Frusher, S and Gasalla, M and Gianesella, SMF and Grant, T and Hobday, AJ and Jennings, S and Plaganyi, E and Pecl, G and Salim, SS and Sauer, W and Taboada, MB and van Putten, IE, Governance mapping: a framework for assessing the adaptive capacity of marine resource governance to environmental change, Marine Policy, 106 Article 103392. ISSN 0308-597X (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2018.12.011


Marine social-ecological systems are influenced by the way humans interact with their environment, and external forces, which change and re-shape the environment. In many regions, exploitation of marine resources and climate change are two of the primary drivers shifting the abundance and distribution of marine living resources, with negative effects on marine-dependent communities. Governance systems determine ‘who’ makes decisions, ‘what’ are their powers and responsibilities, and ‘how’ they are exercised. Understanding the connections between the actors comprising governance systems and influences between governance and the environment is therefore critical to support successful transitions to novel forms of governance required to deal with environmental changes. The paper provides an analytical framework with a practical example from Vanuatu, for mapping and assessment of the governance system providing for management of coral reef fish resources. The framework enables a rapid analysis of governance systems to identify factors that can encourage, or hinder, the adaptation of communities to changes in abundance or availability of marine resources.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adaptive capacity, marine resource governance, environmental change
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Haward, M (Professor Marcus Haward)
UTAS Author:Frusher, S (Professor Stewart Frusher)
UTAS Author:Hobday, AJ (Dr Alistair Hobday)
UTAS Author:Jennings, S (Dr Sarah Jennings)
UTAS Author:Plaganyi, E (Dr Eva Plaganyi-Lloyd)
UTAS Author:Pecl, G (Professor Gretta Pecl)
UTAS Author:van Putten, IE (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
ID Code:133207
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2019-06-18
Last Modified:2020-01-14

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