Glaser, Marion ORCID: and Glaeser, B. (2011) The Social Dimension of Social–Ecological Management. In: Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science. ; 11 , ed. by Wolanski, E. and McLusky, D.S.. Waltham, Academic Press, pp. 5-30. ISBN 978-0-08-087885-0 DOI

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The contemporary management of social–ecological systems (SES) can frequently be described as ‘socially illiterate’. Even if beyond reproach in ecological terms, approaches often fail to achieve effective stakeholder participation. A lack of understanding of the social influences on ecosystems and, even more frequently, of ecosystems on humans and society is the result. Most current interpretations of the social side of social–ecological dynamics are highly context specific but lack a universal core and general applicability. To reverse the degradation of ecosystems and to meet growing human demands for ecosystem services, the assessment of social–ecological dynamics has to conceptualize the social dimension in a theoretically sound and comprehensive manner. Social–ecological analyses which are relevant for decision makers and other practitioners also need to distinguish the local and regional specificities of the social side of human–nature relations in different institutional environments. This contribution examines the reasons that have inhibited a comprehensive treatment of ‘the social’ dimension of social–ecological (or ecosystem) management and offers a conceptual framework. This framework includes central components of and quality criteria for the social dimension of human-nature relations. After reviewing different approaches to indicator development in social-ecological management, a case study of a mangrove area in a North Brazilian peninsula is presented which combines participatory and system-based approaches to indicator development. A critical evaluation and an outlook conclude this chapter.

Document Type: Book chapter
Programme Area: PA2
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Social-Ecological Systems Analysis
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2019 11:22
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2023 16:18

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