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GEDB Director Beatrice Crona has, in collaboration with Stockholm Resilience Centre, produced two policy briefs on the use of Ecosystem Based Management. The briefs are based on scientific publications by Crona and colleagues.
Governing ecosystem-based management: why and how we should think about collaborative networks.
• Ecosystem-based management (EBM) has become a leading principle in environmental governance and constitutes an overarching strategy for how to deal with the complexity of environmental challenges
• EBM implies a management process in which an ecosystem-based perspective is evident in management goals and strategies, and guides processes of monitoring and evaluation
• Collaboration across management levels, and stakeholder participation, are prerequisites for EBM
• Collaboration is challenging, however, and the development of networks per se is no guarantee for EBM that is perceived as effective and legitimate
• Knowledge of what types of networks are better suited for collaboration, and how public managers can govern, or promote, such collaboration is important for EBM success
An analytical framework for assessing progress toward ecosystem-based management.
While both practical implementation of Ecosystem-based management (EBM), and academic studies of such initiatives, has increased in the last decade there is a notable lack of systematic, critical assessment of EBM progress and outcomes that take both ecological and socioeconomic aspects into account in an integrated fashion. This is problematic given the increasingly important role of EBM as a guiding principle and goal in both policy and practice. Consensus exists on why it is good and desirable to aim for EBM but it seems the EBM concept itself has expanded at a pace higher than the knowledge of how to accomplish EBM has