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Seeking sustainability in a world of instability
Date:2/13/2008

managers using only scientific management. Ongoing changes in climate, land use and land claims settlements are testing the effectiveness of co-management to achieve regional consensus on how best to respond.

Groups cant just act as individuals, and they cant just share decision making, we need to think carefully about systems of adaptive co-management where we are challenging each other and learning from each other, Kofinas said. If we take the idea of achieving sustainability in a world of instability seriously, we have to work toward resource management systems that facilitate a kind of social learning that brings local and traditional knowledge together with the very best science.

Kofinas and colleagues from across the North founded the CircumArctic Rangifer Monitoring and Assessment network which is a collaboration among communities, scientists and governments from across the arctic to monitor change, exchange information, compare regional differences, build decision-support tools, and report on the status and use of wild caribou across the North.


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Contact: Marie Gilbert
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907-474-7412
University of Alaska Fairbanks
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