Analyzing the (mis)fit between the institutional and ecological networks of the Indo-West Pacific
Eric A Treml, Pedro IJ Fidelman, Stuart Kininmonth, Julia A Ekstrom, Orjan Bodin
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015
Critical to improving environmental governance is understanding the fit (alignment) between institutional arrangements and key ecological processes. This is particularly true for biodiversity hotpots and ecologically sensitive areas that are subject to significant impacts from human activities. Here, we have developed an innovative approach to quantify ecological-institutional alignment across an environmentally and politically complex large-scale marine social-ecological system. We mapped the trans-boundary networks of marine population dispersal corridors, and intersected these with estimates of cross-country institutional linkages related to marine management and conservation. In integrat..View full abstract
We thank Yoland Bosiger and George Freduah for compiling the document database used in this analysis, Maurice Knight for helpful suggestions throughout this work, and Renee Treml for assistance with the figures. We are grateful to three anonymous reviewers whose comments significantly strengthened the original manuscript. Funding was provided by the United States Agency for International Development's Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP). In-kind support from MISTRA through the Stockholm Resilience Center and the strategic research program Ekoklim also supported this project.