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This presentation was given by Line Gordon at the CPWF Basin Leaders Meeting in Vientiane, Laos during 17-20 January 2011.

This presentation was given by Line Gordon at the CPWF Basin Leaders Meeting in Vientiane, Laos during 17-20 January 2011.

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  • Agricultural land use now 37% of Earth terrestrial surface. Water use is increases. Large force for global change - one of the major factors pushing towards the Planetary Boundaries - time to rethink agriculture to build rather than erode resilience!
  • Living on a planet with rapidly changing precondition. Alterations leads to gradual slow change, as well as abrupt change (tipping points) and increased disturbances (which also increases surprises we are facing
  • Sometimes tipping points and Regime shifts happen - think about a sailing boat in the wind. Just a little extra win can cause it to collapse. Once turned upside down in a new regime where wind reduction does not help to take you back…
  • Change rather than stability is underlying resilience theory - sees change as both potentially detrimental (without resilience in the system) and as potentially creative and transformative)
  • What is in it for the CPWF? Not just get inspired from resilience thinking, but also help build the theory…
  • Wetlands system called Paa Boong Paa Tham = « seasonally flooded forest » Project on Improving Mekong Water Allocation
  • This keynote presentation shows, from three examples in developing countries, how the concept of resilience and regime shifts can be used to inform management about the potential of transformation of social and ecological systems to more resilient and productive states.

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