Welcome to the Ecosystem Governance page!
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) are management-science partnerships that inform integrated resource management actions addressing climate change and other stressors within and across land and seascapes. As the most recent addition to the LCC network, the Steering Committee of the Caribbean LCC (CLCC) decided that the first step in building effective partnerships was to identify “who is doing what” and the interests and capacities of different organizations within the regional conservation community. The purpose was to discover gaps in governance or science, to avoid duplicating efforts, and to foster cross-scale communication to meet the conservation needs of research and management agencies and organizations in the Caribbean. And after finding that no centralized place for information on active conservation groups in the Caribbean existed, the Steering Committee launched the Connecting the Dots in Conservation project. Ecosystem Governance is now a central pillar in the work of the Cooperative.
The current outputs of the Connecting the Dots in Conservation project are an interactive map, published reports and compendiums of conservation organizations available online, and presentations from a variety of CLCC activities, including CLCC staff and partner presentations from meetings and regional conferences such as the 19th Regional Meeting for the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB) in Grenada and the 16th Caribbean Foresters Symposium in the Dominican Republic. In addition to continual use by the CLCC Steering Committee, Staff, Technical Advisory Groups and Conservation Action Teams, it is envisioned that the information will be an important resource for the Caribbean’s entire conservation community. Feedback is critical to see that the information is user-friendly and up-to-date, so please submit your comments through the online comment box or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ecosystem Governance Data Table
CONNECTING THE DOTS IN CONSERVATION
A Compendium of Conservation Organizations for the US Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico
A Compendium of Conservation Organizations for the Insular Caribbean, Belize, Suriname, Guyana
Ecosystem Governance is a term that accounts for the diversity and scalar complexity of both the natural and political environments. The idea is that the vast scale of impacts on species, ecosystems, and the built environment suggests the need for a bigger approach to conservation, both spatially (across large areas) and temporally (across long periods of time). Managing ecosystems and social systems for the future requires the recognition of limits imposed by natural systems, effective public involvement, and the means to encourage human and institutional behavior consistent with new realities. The challenge is that ecosystems often function at a larger scale than sovereign management jurisdictions can influence, as is well demonstrated by the political, cultural, and geographical diversity of the Caribbean archipelago. Scientific data is necessary to understand the key players and institutions governing the health of coupled ecological and social systems and moreover, to understand how their interactions within social networks, economic realities, cultural diversity, and governmental decision making affect the system overall. Many methods are available to conservation scientists and managers to interpret these processes and develop efficient ways of intervening to reduce ecological stressors, such as survey-based studies, ecosystem services valuation, social network analyses, institutional analysis, capacity and gap assessments, among others.
When the concept of ecosystem management emerged in the 70s and 80s, it was seen as a paradigm shift, a departure from the traditional way of thinking. A shift from focusing on individual species to ecosystems, using small spatial scales to multiple scales and changing short-term perspectives into long-term perspectives. The term especially provoked a more complex understanding of the interdependence between society and nature. Previously humans were thought independent of ecosystems, but now people are seen as integral parts of ecosystems. The 90s saw the publication of numerous articles dedicated to the topic, and the importance of this concept in literature has since continued. Over the years, the term morphed and different interpretations branched out to secure their own footholds, for example an economic interpretation emerged through “ecosystem services”.
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