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The Stability-Resilience Trade Off

December 15, 2011

Apply to the ecosystem of governance as you see fit. Fascinating paper:

We call the result “the pathology of natural resource management” (Holling 1986; Holling 1995), a simple but far-reaching observation defined here as follows: when the range of natural variation in a system is reduced, the system loses resilience. That is, a system in which natural levels of variation have been reduced through command-and-control activities will be less resilient than an unaltered system when subsequently faced with external perturbations, either of a natural (storms, fires, floods) or human-induced (social or institutional) origin. We believe this principle applies beyond ecosystems and is particularly relevant at the intersection of ecological, social, and economic systems.

  1. inquisitive neurologist permalink
    December 25, 2011 1:10 am

    hey, that’s what I noticed too:

  2. December 18, 2011 7:00 am

    this seems very related to the concept of

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