Collectively engaging complex socio-ecological systems: re-envisioning science, governance, and the California Delta

Richard B. Norgaard, Giorgos Kallis, Michael Kiparsky

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Abstract

We address the future of science and governance for the California Delta, focusing on the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, an interagency, multi-stakeholder effort to understand and manage the Delta for multiple purposes. We portray a Delta history as a coevolutionary process between science, governance and ecosystems. Global integrated environmental assessments (IEA) provide insights into understanding complex, dynamic socio-ecological systems. Many of the discursive stakeholder and scientific activities that have arisen under CALFED are similar to IEA and remain essential to the shared learning needed to effectively interact with a dynamic Delta. More deliberately enmeshing environmental monitoring, analysis, and collective learning into Delta governance will improve outcomes. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)644-652
JournalEnvironmental Science and Policy
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2009

Keywords

  • Adaptive management
  • Coevolution
  • Collaborative policy
  • Deliberative processes
  • Environmental management
  • Governance
  • Integrated environmental assessment
  • Restoration
  • Water management

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