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Appraisal of social-ecological innovation as an adaptive response by stakeholders to local conditions : mapping stakeholder involvement in horticulture orientated green space management

Dennis, M, Armitage, RP and James, P 2016, 'Appraisal of social-ecological innovation as an adaptive response by stakeholders to local conditions : mapping stakeholder involvement in horticulture orientated green space management' , Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 18 , pp. 86-94.

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Abstract

Urban areas are hubs of creativity and innovation providing fertile ground for novel responses to modern environmental challenges. Previous studies have attempted to conceptualise the ecological, social and political potential of social-ecological innovation in urban green space management. However, little work has been conducted on the social-ecological conditions influencing their occurrence and distribution. Further research is therefore necessary to demonstrate whether stakeholder stewardship of green resources contributes towards adaptive capacity in socialecological systems. The research reported here explored the extent of organised social-ecological innovations in a continuous urban landscape comprising three adjoining metropolitan areas: Manchester, Salford and Trafford (UK). Examples of horticulture orientated organised socialecological innovation were identified using a snowball-sampling method. Their distribution, explored with GIS and remote sensing technology, was found to be significantly associated with levels of both, social and ecological, deprivation. The study presented social-ecological innovation as an adaptive response to environmental stressors, conditioned by specific social and ecological parameters in the landscape. It therefore provides empirical support for social-ecological innovation as a valid ingredient contributing to resilience in adaptive social-ecological systems. Not only do such collective community-led elements of natural resource management warrant acknowledgement in urban green space planning, but their distribution and productivity may provide a valuable social-ecological laboratory for the study of polycentric governance and adaptive capacity in the urban environment.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1618-8667
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Matthew Dennis
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 13:18
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2016 08:32
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/39041

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