Building Resilience of Coastal Communities to Environmental and Institutional Shocks

Sunday, February 17, 2013: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room 206 (Hynes Convention Center)
Coastal communities face multiple social, economic, and environmental shocks, including coastal hazards, shifts in resource availability, market fluctuations, and regulatory change. How do communities -- and the resource users and other decision-makers who are part of them -- navigate these changes? In some cases, individual and collective action by communities results in resilience and even adaptation to environmental and institutional change. In other cases, communities falter and even collapse. What characteristics contribute to resilient communities, particularly those dependent on fisheries? How can decision makers -- particularly those at local to regional scales -- facilitate community resilience? Our panel of leading experts will present the latest findings in this emerging research frontier, integrating ecology, economics, anthropology, and geography to define both key challenges and practical solutions for sustaining coastal systems. These scientists and practitioners, working in diverse social-ecological contexts, will identify technological, demographic, ecological, socioeconomic, and institutional factors that contribute to individual and community-scale resilience. They will share emerging approaches for measuring social resilience and other dimensions of human well-being and incorporate this information into fisheries management and ecosystem-based management efforts, based on work in the United States, Mexico, Thailand, and the Caribbean.
Richard Pollnac, University of Rhode Island
Joshua E. Cinner, James Cook University
Joshua E. Cinner, James Cook University
Patrick Christie, University of Washington
and Heather Leslie, Brown University
Lisa L. Colburn, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service
Healthy Oceans, Healthy Communities: Indicators of Coastal Vulnerability and Resilience
Susan Lovelace, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Developing Indicators of Well-Being and Ecosystem Condition in Gulf Coast Counties
Dawn Kotowicz, University of Hawaii Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research
Shifting Perceptions of Resilience in the Wake of the Indian Ocean Tsunami
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