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Learning about social-ecological trade-offs

Galafassi, Diego and Daw, Tim M. and Munyi, Lydiah and Brown, Katrina and Barnaud, Cécile and Fazey, Ioan Learning about social-ecological trade-offs. (2017) Ecology and Society, 22 (1). 1-27. ISSN 1708-3087

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-08920-220102

Abstract

Trade-offs are manifestations of the complex dynamics in interdependent social-ecological systems. Addressing trade-offs involves challenges of perception due to the dynamics of interdependence. We outline the challenges associated with addressing trade-offs and analyze knowledge coproduction as a practice that may contribute to tackling trade-offs in social-ecological systems. We discuss this through a case study in coastal Kenya in which an iterative knowledge coproduction process was facilitated to reveal social-ecological trade-offs in the face of ecological and socioeconomic change. Representatives of communities, government, and NGOs attended two integrative workshops in which methods derived from systems thinking, dialogue, participatory modeling, and scenarios were applied to encourage participants to engage and evaluate trade-offs. Based on process observation and interviews with participants and scientists, our analysis suggests that this process lead to increased appreciation of interdependences and the way in which trade-offs emerge from complex dynamics of interdependent factors. The process seemed to provoke a reflection of knowledge assumptions and narratives, and management goals for the social-ecological system. We also discuss how stakeholders link these insights to their practices.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to Resilience Alliance editor. The definitive version is available at https://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol22/iss1/art2/
HAL Id:hal-01569583
ProdINRA Id:397480
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INRA (FRANCE)
Other partners > Stockholm University (SWEDEN)
Other partners > University of Dundee (UNITED KINGDOM)
Other partners > University of Exeter (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Deposited On:05 Jul 2017 14:31

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