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Type: journalArticle
Title: Knowledge, learning and the evolution of conservation practice for social-ecological system resilience
Authors: Berkes, F.
Turner, N.J.
Year: 2006
Citation: Volume: 34
Issue: 4
Abstract: There are two broadly conceptualized ways in which conservation knowledge may evolve: the depletion crisis model and the ecological understanding model. The first one argues that developing conservation thought and practice depends on learning that resources are depletable. Such learning typically follows a resource crisis. The second mechanism emphasizes the development of conservation practices following the incremental elaboration of environmental knowledge by a group of people. These mechanisms may work together. Following a perturbation, a society can self-organize, learn and adapt. The self-organizing process, facilitated by knowledge development and learning, has the potential to increase the resilience (capability to absorb disturbance and reorganize while undergoing change) of resource use systems. Hence, conservation knowledge can develop through a combination of long-term ecological understanding and learning from crises and mistakes. It has survival value, as it increases the resilience of integrated social--ecological systems to deal with change in ways that continue to sustain both peoples and their environments.
Zotero ID: 5SQV4IJW
URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10745-006-9008-2
URL: http://www.lsln.net.au/jspui/handle/1/15709
ISSN: 0300-7839, 1572-9915
DOI: 10.1007/s10745-006-9008-2
Journal Title: Human Ecology
Hum Ecol
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