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Abstract Ecosystems are self-regulating systems that provide societies with food, water, timber, and other resources. As demands for resources increase, management decisions are replacing self-regulating properties. Counter to previous technical approaches that applied simple formulas to estimate sustainable yields of single species, current research recognizes the inherent complexity of ecosystems and the inability to foresee all consequences of interventions across different spatial, temporal, and administrative scales. Ecosystem management is thus more realistically seen as a "wicked problem" that has no clear-cut solution. Approaches for addressing such problems include multisector decision-making, institutions that enable management to span across administrative boundaries, adaptive management, markets that incorporate natural capital, and collaborative processes to engage diverse stakeholders and address inequalities. Ecosystem management must avoid two traps: falsely assuming a tame solution and inaction from overwhelming complexity. An incremental approach can help to avoid these traps.
Accession Number 28428392
Author DeFries, R.; Nagendra, H.
Author Address Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA. School of Development, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India.
DOI 10.1126/science.aal1950
Date Apr 21
ISSN 1095-9203 (Electronic) 0036-8075 (Linking)
Issue 6335
Journal Science
Keywords Decision Making; Ecological Parameter Monitoring/*methods; *Ecosystem; Humans; Natural Resources
Notes DeFries, Ruth Nagendra, Harini eng Review 2017/04/22 06:00 Science. 2017 Apr 21;356(6335):265-270. doi: 10.1126/science.aal1950.
Pages 265-270
Title Ecosystem management as a wicked problem
Volume 356
Year 2017
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