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Panarchy: opportunities and challenges for ecosystem management


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Garmestani, A, Twidwell, D, Angeler, DG, Sundstrom, S, Barichievy, C, Chaffin, BC, Eason, T, Graham, N, Granholm, D, Gunderson, L, Knutson, M, Nash, KL ORCID: 0000-0003-0976-3197, Nelson, RJ, Nystrom, M, Spanbauer, TL, Stow, CA and Allen, CR 2020 , 'Panarchy: opportunities and challenges for ecosystem management' , Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.1002/fee.2264.

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Addressing unexpected events and uncertainty represents one of the grand challenges of the Anthropocene, yet ecosystem management is constrained by existing policy and laws that were not formulated to deal with today's accelerating rates of environmental change. In many cases, managing for simple regulatory standards has resulted in adverse outcomes, necessitating innovative approaches for dealing with complex social–ecological problems. We highlight a project in the US Great Plains where panarchy – a conceptual framework that emerged from resilience – was implemented at project onset to address the continued inability to halt large‐scale transition from grass‐to‐tree dominance in central North America. We review how panarchy was applied, the initial outcomes and evidence for policy reform, and the opportunities and challenges for which it could serve as a useful model to contrast with traditional ecosystem management approaches.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Garmestani, A and Twidwell, D and Angeler, DG and Sundstrom, S and Barichievy, C and Chaffin, BC and Eason, T and Graham, N and Granholm, D and Gunderson, L and Knutson, M and Nash, KL and Nelson, RJ and Nystrom, M and Spanbauer, TL and Stow, CA and Allen, CR
Keywords: panarchy, resilience, spatial scale, temporal scale, environmental management, resilience
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
ISSN: 1540-9295
DOI / ID Number: 10.1002/fee.2264
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