Grappling with the social dimensions of novel ecosystems

Backstrom, A, Garrard, G, Hobbs, R and Bekessy, S 2018, 'Grappling with the social dimensions of novel ecosystems', Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 109-117.

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Title Grappling with the social dimensions of novel ecosystems
Author(s) Backstrom, A
Garrard, G
Hobbs, R
Bekessy, S
Year 2018
Journal name Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 109
End page 117
Total pages 9
Publisher Wiley Blackwell
Abstract The novel ecosystem concept has emerged in response to the increasing prevalence of modified ecosystems. Traditional conservation and restoration strategies have been deemed inadequate to guide the management of ecosystems that are the product of anthropogenic environmental change and have no “natural” analogs. Opinions about novel ecosystems are currently divided between those who embrace the flexibility offered by the concept and those who see it as a shift toward the abandonment of traditional strategies. However, the debate is missing a key element: recognition that all conservation decisions are socially constructed and that the concept of novel ecosystems is most practicable within a decision or management context. Management of novel ecosystems should be framed in such a context, and the concept evaluated for its capacity to meet social, ecological, and economic objectives.
Subject Conservation and Biodiversity
Keyword(s) Ecological Restoration
Riparian Restoration
DOI - identifier 10.1002/fee.1769
Copyright notice © The Ecological Society of America
ISSN 1540-9309
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