Navigating Novelty and Risk in Resilience Management

Joan Dudney, Richard J. Hobbs, Robert Heilmayr, John J. Battles, Katharine N. Suding

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Resilience theory is increasingly applied to the management of global change impacts. There is growing concern, however, that misapplications of resilience-based management (RBM) can sometimes lead to undesirable outcomes. We address here an inescapable conundrum in the application of resilience theory: systems will need to track environmental change, but management that aims to support adaptive capacity can introduce undesirable levels of change. We provide a framework that links concepts from novel ecosystems and resilience theory to inform management of ecosystem change. We highlight that resilience-based applications need to address risks associated with novel human impacts to improve management outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)863-873
Number of pages11
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018

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