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Sustainability 2015, 7(12), 15937-15954; doi:10.3390/su71215794

A Handshake between Markets and Hierarchies: Geese as an Example of Successful Collaborative Management of Ecosystem Services

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Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Stockholm SE-106 91, Sweden
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Division of Natural Sciences, Kristianstad University, Kristianstad SE-291 88, Sweden
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Academic Editor: Douglas H. Constance
Received: 23 October 2015 / Revised: 18 November 2015 / Accepted: 20 November 2015 / Published: 2 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife)
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An important task in research about natural resource management is to communicate the utility of different approaches from various settings. Using ecosystem services as a conceptual frame, we study a local solution to alleviate goose-human conflicts in an agricultural region in Sweden. Increasing goose numbers and crop damage led to the foundation of a goose management group (GMG), comprising landowners, farmers, hunters, ornithologists, conservation NGOs, and local and county level administration. The GMG was not given any formal or legal authority. We asked: is this management solution successful? Which problems can be solved and which remain? Can the GMG stand as a model for management of other species and in other landscapes? We interviewed present members of the GMG and analyzed minutes from its meetings. We found that the GMG has autonomy to self-organize and shows adaptive capacity over time in handling variability and complexity in its socio-ecological system. This makes the GMG a sustainable solution for local management of a resource in which goose population growth and legislation are decided at other (national or international) levels. We assessed what constitutes perceived success and found that GMG is geared toward “mediation of opposing preferences” by establishing a figurative handshake between stakeholders. By comparing how four general challenges in ecosystem service management align with formative attributes of the GMG, we discuss in which ways this management solution is applicable to other ecosystem services in other contexts. View Full-Text
Keywords: collaborative management; ecosystem service; geese; governance; socio-ecological systems; stakeholder; sustainability collaborative management; ecosystem service; geese; governance; socio-ecological systems; stakeholder; sustainability
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Tuvendal, M.; Elmberg, J. A Handshake between Markets and Hierarchies: Geese as an Example of Successful Collaborative Management of Ecosystem Services. Sustainability 2015, 7, 15937-15954.

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