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Conceptual Frameworks for Ecosystem Assessment: Their Development, Ownership, and Use

Tomich, Thomas; Argumedo, Alejandro; Baste, Ivar; Camac, Esther; Filer, Colin; Garcia, Keisha; Garbach, Kelly; Geist, Helmut J.; Izac, Anne-Marie; Lebel, Louis; Lee, Marcus; van Noordwijk, Meine; Nishi, Maiko; Olsson, Lennart; Raudsepp-Hearne, Ciara; Reid, Walt

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This chapter provides information on and lessons from experiences with conceptual frameworks that may help in adapting and developing a framework for an ecosystem assessment. The social process to create the conceptual framework is as important as the final product. This creative process requires interaction�and often involves tension�between users and the assessment team. The challenge of working together to create a shared conceptual framework can play an important role in creating ownership...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorTomich, Thomas
dc.contributor.authorArgumedo, Alejandro
dc.contributor.authorBaste, Ivar
dc.contributor.authorCamac, Esther
dc.contributor.authorFiler, Colin
dc.contributor.authorGarcia, Keisha
dc.contributor.authorGarbach, Kelly
dc.contributor.authorGeist, Helmut J.
dc.contributor.authorIzac, Anne-Marie
dc.contributor.authorLebel, Louis
dc.contributor.authorLee, Marcus
dc.contributor.authorvan Noordwijk, Meine
dc.contributor.authorNishi, Maiko
dc.contributor.authorOlsson, Lennart
dc.contributor.authorRaudsepp-Hearne, Ciara
dc.contributor.authorReid, Walt
dc.contributor.editorAsh, N.
dc.contributor.editorBlanco, H.
dc.contributor.editorBrown, C.
dc.contributor.editorGarcia, K.
dc.contributor.editorHenrichs, T.
dc.contributor.editorLucas, N.
dc.contributor.editorRaudsepp-Hearne, C.
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:41:36Z
dc.date.available2015-12-08T22:41:36Z
dc.identifier.isbn9781597267106
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/36722
dc.description.abstractThis chapter provides information on and lessons from experiences with conceptual frameworks that may help in adapting and developing a framework for an ecosystem assessment. The social process to create the conceptual framework is as important as the final product. This creative process requires interaction�and often involves tension�between users and the assessment team. The challenge of working together to create a shared conceptual framework can play an important role in creating ownership by the users of the assessment and in building an assessment team. Recent experiences with global assessments, such as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), show that conceptual frameworks can provide greater focus on key issues and relationships and serve a useful role in synthesis and cross-site comparisons. Although the MA framework has in some respects become a standard point of departure for ecosystem assessment, there is no unified theory on creating conceptual frameworks. Examples from MA subglobal assessments illustrate a range of pragmatic approaches, ranging from adaptation of the global conceptual framework to independence from it and including the use of multiple frameworks. The people who are (or are not) informed about, consulted, and involved in creation of the conceptual framework and the ways in which their knowledge and expertise are valued (or not) will in many ways govern the entire assessment process. Both the groups consulted and the components that are valued by the assessment team as well as the quality of interaction between the assessment team and the stakeholders are important to developing a conceptual framework that effectively balances the principles of legitimacy, relevance, and credibility discussed in Chapter 2. The chapter begins with a simple definition of a conceptual framework and then discusses some practical considerations of its meaning in ecosystem assessment. Section 3.2 explores the often intertwined challenges and opportunities involved in developing a conceptual framework. Sections 3.3 and 3.4 juxtapose the dual roles of conceptual frameworks in ecosystem assessments: as a means for clarity, credibility, and comparison and as a tool for engagement, usefulness, and legitimacy. Rather than adopting a conceptual framework entirely �off the shelf,� a pragmatic approach that blends various frameworks and methods to balance strengths and offset weaknesses seems to be the most appropriate method.
dc.publisherIsland Press
dc.relation.ispartofEcosystems and Human Well-Being: A Manual for Assessment Practitioners
dc.relation.isversionof1st Edition
dc.titleConceptual Frameworks for Ecosystem Assessment: Their Development, Ownership, and Use
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2010
local.identifier.absfor050102 - Ecosystem Function
local.identifier.absfor160507 - Environment Policy
local.identifier.absfor050209 - Natural Resource Management
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3154186xPUB140
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationTomich, Thomas, University of California
local.contributor.affiliationArgumedo, Alejandro, Asociacion Andes
local.contributor.affiliationBaste, Ivar, UNEP
local.contributor.affiliationCamac, Esther, unknown
local.contributor.affiliationFiler, Colin, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationGarcia, Keisha, Cropper Foundation
local.contributor.affiliationGarbach, Kelly, University of California
local.contributor.affiliationGeist, Helmut J, Catholic University of Louvain
local.contributor.affiliationIzac, Anne-Marie, Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research
local.contributor.affiliationLebel, Louis, Chiang Mai University
local.contributor.affiliationLee, Marcus, The World Bank
local.contributor.affiliationvan Noordwijk, Meine, World Agroforestry Centre
local.contributor.affiliationNishi, Maiko, United Nations University
local.contributor.affiliationOlsson, Lennart, Lund University
local.contributor.affiliationRaudsepp-Hearne, Ciara, Millenium Ecosystem Assessment
local.contributor.affiliationReid, Walt, Packard Foundation
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage71
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage113
dc.date.updated2020-11-22T07:23:15Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationWashington (DC)
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