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A practical procedure for assessing resilience of social-ecological system using the System Dynamics Approach

Author(s): Newton Paulo Bueno

Journal: Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics
ISSN 1690-4532

Volume: 7;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 67;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Resilience | Social-Ecological Systems | Common-Pool Resource Systems | Loop Dominance Shifts | System Dynamics

While growing attention has been paid to the idea of resilience of social-ecological systems, it seems that there still are a number of gaps to bridge before we could really use this concept for practical purposes. The main problem is that the most of the works in the field are unclear on how to unequivocally measure the degree of resilience of particular social-ecological systems. In this paper, we suggest to be possible identifying the loss of resilience of social-ecological systems as a process of loop dominance shift. In order to illustrate the argument, we use a very stylized system dynamics model for irrigation systems developed by scholars associated to the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University.
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