Abstract Title

Session S-02H: Integrating the Social and Natural Sciences for Decision Making

Keywords

Social Science Plus

Start Date

30-4-2014 1:30 PM

End Date

30-4-2014 3:00 PM

Description

Ecosystem-based management will remain a good idea that is not really implemented until scientifically rigorous and socially feasible management targets exist. Because targets are an expression of the desired state of the ecosystem, establishing targets must include ecological understanding and societal values. Here, we report on an approach for identifying scientifically rigorous ecosystem targets that explicitly consider social perspectives. Focusing on Puget Sound , we used a food web model to examine changes to ecosystem attributes that result from simulated changes in nearshore habitat and water quality. We then conducted social norm analyses in which stakeholders were asked to rate the desirability of a range of potential ecosystem futures. By explicating linking trade-offs inherent in socio-ecological systems with societal values, we provide a transparent means for identifying management targets for EBM.

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Apr 30th, 1:30 PM Apr 30th, 3:00 PM

A socio-ecological approach for setting ecosystem targets

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Ecosystem-based management will remain a good idea that is not really implemented until scientifically rigorous and socially feasible management targets exist. Because targets are an expression of the desired state of the ecosystem, establishing targets must include ecological understanding and societal values. Here, we report on an approach for identifying scientifically rigorous ecosystem targets that explicitly consider social perspectives. Focusing on Puget Sound , we used a food web model to examine changes to ecosystem attributes that result from simulated changes in nearshore habitat and water quality. We then conducted social norm analyses in which stakeholders were asked to rate the desirability of a range of potential ecosystem futures. By explicating linking trade-offs inherent in socio-ecological systems with societal values, we provide a transparent means for identifying management targets for EBM.