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

Dutra, LXC, Sporne, I, Haward, M ORCID: 0000-0003-4775-0864, Aswani, S, Cochrane, KL, Frusher, S ORCID: 0000-0003-2493-3676, Gasalla, M, Gianesella, SMF, Grant, T, Hobday, AJ, Jennings, S ORCID: 0000-0002-5760-4193, Plaganyi, E, Pecl, G ORCID: 0000-0003-0192-4339, Salim, SS, Sauer, W, Taboada, MB and van Putten, IE 2019 , 'Governance mapping: a framework for assessing the adaptive capacity of marine resource governance to environmental change' , Marine Policy, vol. 106 , pp. 1-13 , doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.12.011.

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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 livingresources, 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 theenvironment is therefore critical to support successful transitions to novel forms of governance required to deal with environmental changes. The paper provides ananalytical framework with a practical example from Vanuatu, for mapping and assessment of the governance system providing for management of coral reef fishresources. The framework enables a rapid analysis of governance systems to identify factors that can encourage, or hinder, the adaptation of communities to changesin abundance or availability of marine resources.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Dutra, LXC and Sporne, I and Haward, M and Aswani, S and Cochrane, KL and Frusher, S and Gasalla, M and Gianesella, SMF and Grant, T and Hobday, AJ and Jennings, S and Plaganyi, E and Pecl, G and Salim, SS and Sauer, W and Taboada, MB and van Putten, IE
Keywords: adaptive capacity, marine resource governance, environmental change
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Policy
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
ISSN: 0308-597X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.12.011
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