Resilience is the capacity of a system to respond to a disturbance by resisting damage and rebuilding itself without collapsing into a qualitatively different state that is controlled by a different set of processes. For ecosystems such disturbances can include natural events such as fires or flooding, but also human activities such as deforestation, pollution or the exploitation of natural resources. A severe disturbance may force an ecosystem to reach a tipping point, causing a regime shift and often less desirable and deteriorated conditions.
This working group focuses on the concept ‘Resilience’. Important questions that will be explored are: How does the idea differ from established understandings? How applicable is the concept for understanding society and coupled socio-ecological systems? How significant has this concept been for the development of new governance approaches to managing social/ecological interactions? Has this idea been linked to actual changes in policy or the processes or structures of environmental governance?
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Professor Lennart Olsson
LUCSUS – Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies
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