Restoration and Resilience

Authored by: Elizabeth Trevenen , Rachel Standish , Charles Price , Richard Hobbs

Routledge Handbook of Ecological and Environmental Restoration

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138922129
eBook ISBN: 9781315685977
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315685977.ch35

 Download Chapter

 

Abstract

Resilience is a term used in a variety of contexts, from human health and psychology through to ecology and conservation biology. Resilience was introduced to the ecological literature as a ‘measure of the persistence of systems and their ability to absorb change and disturbance and still maintain the same relationships between populations or state variables’ (Holling 1973). By this definition, resilience has the potential to inform ecosystem management and restoration because it can potentially help to predict ecosystem recovery to a discrete disturbance event. The concept of resilience has been widely adopted by ecologists, environmental managers and policy-makers. Maintaining or restoring ecosystems that are resilient to human-induced global change has become one of the primary goals of modern-day intervention and stewardship. However, the concept has, over the years, become increasingly vague and has often been misused, rather than being a truly meaningful concept driving research or informing ecosystem management (Brand and Jax 2007; Myers-Smith et al. 2012).

 Cite
Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.