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Complexity, Modeling, and Natural Resource Management

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dc.contributor.author Cilliers, Paul
dc.contributor.author Biggs, Harry C.
dc.contributor.author Blignaut, Sonja
dc.contributor.author Choles, Aiden G.
dc.contributor.author Hofmeyr, Jan-Hendrik S.
dc.contributor.author Jewitt, Graham P. W.
dc.contributor.author Roux, Dirk J.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-11-12T16:20:25Z
dc.date.available 2013-11-12T16:20:25Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9165
dc.description.abstract "This paper contends that natural resource management (NRM) issues are, by their very nature, complex and that both scientists and managers in this broad field will benefit from a theoretical understanding of complex systems. It starts off by presenting the core features of a view of complexity that not only deals with the limits to our understanding, but also points toward a responsible and motivating position. Everything we do involves explicit or implicit modeling, and as we can never have comprehensive access to any complex system, we need to be aware both of what we leave out as we model and of the implications of the choice of our modeling framework. One vantage point is never sufficient, as complexity necessarily implies that multiple (independent) conceptualizations are needed to engage the system adequately. We use two South African cases as examples of complex systems--restricting the case narratives mainly to the biophysical domain associated with NRM issues--that make the point that even the behavior of the biophysical subsystems themselves are already complex. From the insights into complex systems discussed in the first part of the paper and the lessons emerging from the way these cases have been dealt with in reality, we extract five interrelated generic principles for practicing science and management in complex NRM environments. These principles are then further elucidated using four further South African case studies--organized as two contrasting pairs--and now focusing on the more difficult organizational and social side, comparing the human organizational endeavors in managing such systems." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject complex systems en_US
dc.subject diversity en_US
dc.subject management en_US
dc.subject resilience en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.title Complexity, Modeling, and Natural Resource Management en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 18 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 3 en_US

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