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Record number 497804
Title The evolution of socio-ecological systems : changing palm species management in the Colombian Amazon as an indicator of ecological and institutional change
Author(s) Gruezmacher, Monica; Assche, Kristof Van
Source Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 58 (2015)11. - ISSN 0964-0568 - p. 2015 - 2036.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2014.973480
Department(s) Strategic Communication
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) Amazon - governance - institutional change - natural resource management - palms
Abstract

We investigate natural resource governance in three indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon. We base our analysis on an evolutionary governance model in which governance dimensions emerge as relevant through time. The less accessible of the communities represents earlier steps in governance evolution, while the more physically accessible is more integrated into the western scene. We observe how increased physical accessibility in a community brings in western governance models which hybridize with more traditional ones, influencing the couplings between the social and ecological systems. We zoom in on changing management of three commonly used palm species and illustrate how detailed studies of natural resource management contribute to understanding governance evolution. By comparing governance evolutions we were able to gain insights and improve our understanding on how natural resource management changes in communities transiting into western ways of living. In doing so we recognized points of rigidity and flexibility which might influence the social ecological systems capacity to adapt to changing conditions.

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