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

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May 20, 2019 - 4:59pm
Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: In Press
Authors: Leo Dutra, Ilva Sporne, Marcus Haward, Shankar Aswani, Kevern Cochrane, Stewart Frusher, Maria Gasalla, Sônia Gianesella, Tanith Grant, Alistair Hobday, Sarah Jennings, Éva Plagányi, Gretta Pecl, Shyam Salim, Warwick Sauer, Manuela Taboada, Ingrid van Putten
Journal title: Marine Policy
ISSN: 0308597X

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.

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