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Resilience: What is it and what does it mean for marine policymakers?


  • Gibbs, Mark T.


Marine policymakers are facing increasing calls to consider the resilience of communities that rely on coastal and marine ecosystem goods and services, and the resilience of natural systems themselves. These calls are in response to increasing threats to coastal communities from external factors such as coastal hazards, possibly associated with climate change, reductions in natural capital often caused by over-fishing and invasive species, and drivers that act to change local and regional economic conditions leading to changes in employment and inequality. However, most communities have had little experience in explicitly managing for resilience. Similarly, our understanding of the factors that make a natural or social system resilient is also somewhat limited. Furthermore, there is a lack of consensus-based definitions and performance measures for assessing resilience. These factors, along with other barriers, will need to be overcome before effective resilience-based management can be implemented.

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  • Gibbs, Mark T., 2009. "Resilience: What is it and what does it mean for marine policymakers?," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 322-331, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:33:y:2009:i:2:p:322-331

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    1. Sophal Chhun & Viktoria Kahui & Henrik Moller & Paul Thorsnes, 2015. "Advancing Marine Policy Toward Ecosystem-Based Management by Eliciting Public Preferences," Marine Resource Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 30(3), pages 261-275.
    2. Brooks, Kate & Schirmer, Jacki & Pascoe, Sean & Triantafillos, Lianos & Jebreen, Eddie & Cannard, Toni & Dichmont, Cathy M., 2015. "Selecting and assessing social objectives for Australian fisheries management," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 53(C), pages 111-122.
    3. Hamideh Maleksaeidi & Ezatollah Karami & Gholam Zamani, 2015. "Farm households’ resilience scale under water scarcity," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 20(8), pages 1305-1318, December.


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