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Jayne Glass Global Change and the World's Mountains conference presentation



Presentation given in the 'Knowledge systems and mountain sustainability concerns' session of the Global Change and the World's Mountains conference, Perth 26-30 September 2010. ...

Presentation given in the 'Knowledge systems and mountain sustainability concerns' session of the Global Change and the World's Mountains conference, Perth 26-30 September 2010.
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  • Beyond the usual suspects? The role of expert knowledge in sustainabilityindicator development for Scotland’s upland estates Jayne Glass1, Alister Scott2 and Martin Price1 1 Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College UHI Millennium Institute 2 Birmingham City University Global Change and the World’s Moutains Conference Wednesday 29th September 2010 Knowledge systems and mountain sustainability concerns 1
  • Outline• Research context• Methodology• A toolkit for sustainableupland estate management• Using the toolkit• Reflections 2
  • Research context IUpland estatemanagement in Scotland• Diverse models (Warren 2009)• Uncertain futures (Reed et al. 2009)• Uncertainty aboutsustainability ‘on the ground’ 3 View slide
  • Research context II • Conflicts between sustainability principles present a stumbling block (Jordan 2008)Sustainableuplandmanagement • ‘Learning from doing’ (Berkes 2009; Ioris et al. 2008) • Integrating approaches and interests (Bonn et al. 2009) 4 View slide
  • Research context III • ‘Top-down’ vs. ‘bottom-up’ approaches (Reed et al. 2006)Sustainabilityindicators for • Local experience and values ofnatural relevant stakeholders (Holden 2008)resourcemanagement • ‘Governance thinking’ (Rist et al.2007) • Wider range of actors (Holman 2009) 5
  • Methodology ILand managers Landowners Moorland Forum RSPB NTS Estate management NGOs & other interest groups JMT professionalsLand Agents Southern Uplands Partnership Scottish CNPA Government LINK Panel Government Representative agencies & DCS bodies other bodies SRPBA Sustainable Development RICS SAC Commission Academics & International consultants Consultants Relu programme 6
  • Methodology II Round One:Establishing a context for sustainability Compiling and feeding back ideas Round Two: Discussing practical management strategies Developing first draft Round Three:Reflecting on the first draft Developing second draft Round Four: Reflecting on the second Redrafting and piloting the draft toolkit 7
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  • Sustainability classesCreativity Positive impacts Maintaining a status quoInnovation Sound science A short-term viewNovel approaches A long-term view Unwilling to collaborateLeadership Willing to collaborate Not responding to changePre-empting change Adapting to change Managing for personal preference 9
  • Outcomes and opportunities 10
  • Adapting Adapting Broadening Ecosystem Linking into Thinking beyond the management management options thinking social fabric estate Economic Improved quality of Environmentally and Long-term planning Long-term resilience and A biodiverse environment life and socially responsible financial viability representation business(es)►Developing and planning ► Developing long- ► Maintaining and ► Playing a role in ► Reducing carbon-implementing long-term management ►Developing and term income streams to cope with shocks enhancing environments for delivering community aspirations focussed impacts of estate activities implementing long-plans for all aspects of priority habitats and ► InvolvingProactive ► Supporting localestate management species communities in estate trades, suppliers and term management ► Restoring key decision-making and markets plans for all aspects of habitats management estate management Customer-led Well-maintained ImprovedActive External Risk management and enhanced livelihood collaboration and approach ecosystem services opportunities dialogue► Adapting Risk ► Adding value to ► Maximising the ► Facilitating Under- ► Involvement inmanagement on thebasis of sound estate products and management services carbon storage potential of the estate ! employment and active people development planning and delivery beyond the estateknowledge and ► Maintaining and opportunities scaleunderstanding ► Adapting enhancing catchments ► Sharing knowledge to good ecological and learning from management on the condition others basis of sound ► Conserving and protecting landscapes knowledge and and upland cultural heritage understanding 11
  • Using the toolkit• Management plans and otherdocumentation• In-depth interview with estaterepresentative• Triangulating data• Feeding back 12
  • Reflections• Creating a deliberative space forreflection and learning• A qualitative tool that facilitatesmonitoring and learning•Building on sustainabilityperceptions• Active role of the researcher instimulating knowledge generationfor sustainability 13
  • Thank youReferencesBerkes, F., 2009. Evolution of co-management: Role of knowledge generation, bridgingorganizations and social learning. Journal of Environmental Management, 90, 1692-1702.Holman, N., 2009. Incorporating local sustainability indicators into structures of local governance:a review of the literature. Local Environment, 14 (4), 365-375.Ioris, A.A.R., Hunter, C. and Walker, S., 2008. The development and application of watermanagement sustainability indicators in Brazil and Scotland. Journal of EnvironmentalManagement, 88 (4), 1190-1201.Jordan, A., 2008. The governance of sustainable development: taking stock and looking forwards.Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 26, 17-33.Reed, M.S. et al., 2006. An adaptive learning process for developing and applying sustainabilityindicators with local communities. Ecological Economics, 59(4), 406-418.Reed, M.S., et al., 2009. The future of the uplands. Land Use Policy, 26S, S204-S216.Warren, C., 2009. Managing Scotland’s Environment. Second edition. Edinburgh University Press,Edinburgh. For more information about the research, please contact: jayne.glass@perth.uhi.ac.uk 14