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Panarchy: opportunities and challenges for ecosystem management


Garmestani, A and Twidwell, D and Angeler, DG and Sundstrom, S and Barichievy, C and Chaffin, BC and Eason, T and Graham, N and Granholm, D and Gunderson, L and Knutson, M and Nash, KL and Nelson, RJ and Nystrom, M and Spanbauer, TL and Stow, CA and Allen, CR, Panarchy: opportunities and challenges for ecosystem management, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 18, (10) pp. 576-583. ISSN 1540-9295 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/fee.2264


Addressing unexpected events and uncertainty represents one of the grand challenges of the Anthropocene, yet ecosystem management is constrained by existing policy and laws that were not formulated to deal with today's accelerating rates of environmental change. In many cases, managing for simple regulatory standards has resulted in adverse outcomes, necessitating innovative approaches for dealing with complex social–ecological problems. We highlight a project in the US Great Plains where panarchy – a conceptual framework that emerged from resilience – was implemented at project onset to address the continued inability to halt large‐scale transition from grass‐to‐tree dominance in central North America. We review how panarchy was applied, the initial outcomes and evidence for policy reform, and the opportunities and challenges for which it could serve as a useful model to contrast with traditional ecosystem management approaches.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:panarchy, resilience, spatial scale, temporal scale, environmental management, resilience
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nash, KL (Dr Kirsty Nash)
ID Code:141194
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2020-10-02
Last Modified:2021-05-20
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