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Evolutionary Resilience and Complex Lagoon Systems

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Simin Davoudi



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The present study applies an evolutionary resilience framework to complex socioecological systems in the coastal regions in Europe with a particular focus on lagoons. Despite their variations, lagoons share common challenges in achieving effective and sustainable ways of governing and managing economic, social, and environmental uncertainties. Our aim is to demonstrate that building resilience involves planning not only for recovery from shocks but also for cultivating preparedness and seeking potential transformative opportunities that emerge from change. The framework consists of 4 dimensions: persistence, adaptability, transformability, and preparedness. To illustrate how this 4-dimensional framework can be applied to the specific context of lagoons, we draw on examples of good and poor practices from the 10 lagoons studied as part of the ARCH project. (C) 2016 SETAC.

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Author(s): Davoudi S, Zaucha J, Brooks E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management

Year: 2016

Volume: 12

Issue: 4

Pages: 711-718

Print publication date: 01/10/2016

Online publication date: 10/08/2016

Acceptance date: 16/06/2016

Date deposited: 10/01/2017

ISSN (print): 1551-3777

ISSN (electronic): 1551-3793

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1002/ieam.1823


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282748European Commission