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Supporting tool to develop and implement resilience-strengthening strategies: Toolkit for the indicators of resilience in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS)

In International Conference on Building Resilience and Developing Sustainability 2015 January 14-15, 2015 in Baguio, the Philippines
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2015-01

As a first step in strengthening resilience of communities, it is critical to understand status of community resilience and have common understanding of status of community resilience among community members. The “toolkit for indicators of resilience in socio-ecological production landscape and seascape (SEPLS) ” is one of the tools to assess resilience of production landscapes and seascapes by communities themselves who used production landscapes and seascapes. Through assessment of resilience in SEPLS, communities would be able to share perception and have common understanding of the status of their landscapes and seascapes resilience among different stakeholders of the communities. This process of having common understanding on resilience of production landscapes and seascapes is one of the ways to consider the practical steps to strengthen resilience of communities and promote sustainability of the communities, since production landscapes and seascapes are units that communities identified as an area to support their livelihood activities.
The toolkit for indicators of resilience in SEPLS is developed based on field test in twenty six countries around the world including Bolivia, Cambodia, Fiji, Kenya, Mongolia, Nepal and Turkey. The indicators of resilience in SEPLS, which are strongly interrelated, can be grouped in five areas: 1) landscape/seascape diversity and ecosystem protection, 2) biodiversity including agricultural diversity, 3) knowledge and innovation, 4) governance and social equity and 5) livelihoods and well-being. The toolkit and indicators are applicable for both landscapes and seascapes. Identified benefits of using resilience indicators include: 1) understanding resilience of production landscapes and seascapes, 2) supporting development and implementation of resilience-strengthening strategies, 3) enhancing communication among stakeholders and 4) empowering communities to engage in decision-making process and adaptive management.

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