Adaptive Capacity and Environmental Governance

  • Derek Armitage
  • Ryan Plummer

Part of the Springer Series on Environmental Management book series (SSEM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Adaptive Capacity in Theory and Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 22-22
  3. Adaptive Capacity in Theory and Practice

  4. Frontiers in Adaptive Capacity

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 303-307

About this book


Rapid environmental change calls for individuals and societies with an ability to transform our interactions with each other and the ecosystems upon which we depend. Adaptive capacity - the ability of a social-ecological system (or the components of that system) to be robust to disturbances and capable of responding to changes - is increasingly recognized as a critical attribute of multi-level environmental governance. This unique volume offers the first interdisciplinary and integrative perspective on an emerging area of applied scholarship, with contributions from internationally recognized researchers and practitioners. It demonstrates how adaptive capacity makes environmental governance possible in complex social-ecological systems. Cutting-edge theoretical developments are explored and empirical case studies offered from a wide range of geographic settings and natural resource contexts, such as water, climate, fisheries and forestry. • Of interest to researchers, policymakers and resource managers seeking to navigate and understand social-ecological change in diverse geographic settings and resource contexts.


adaptation adaptive capacity climate change ecosystem environment environmental change environmental governance social-ecological systems transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Derek Armitage
    • 1
  • Ryan Plummer
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Geography &, Environmental StudiesWilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Dept. Tourism & EnvironmentBrock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada

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