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Minnesota River Restoration (Part 3) Richard Currie Smith Minnesota River Restoration (Part 3) Richard Currie Smith Presentation Transcript

  • Gregory Bateson’s Living Systems Approach to Ecological Restoration
    • Ecological reframing and a supporting
    • network of communicative relationships
    • foster the self-organization tendency in the living system that is culture.
      • When these elements are present novel and creative solutions are allowed to Emerge
  • Pollution Trading Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative MOU Memorandum of understanding
    • Southern MN
    • Beet Sugar
    • Cooperative
    • MOU
      • Multiple Stakeholder
      • Voluntary
      • Cooperative
      • Non-Regulatory
      • Informal
      • Non-binding
  • Pollution Trading (Phosphorus) Point-Source Emission For Non-Point Source Farm Field Run-off
  • Pollution Trading
  •  
    • CREP Coalition
    • Over 100 Minnesota
    • River Basin Stakeholders
    • 2.3 Federal dollars for each state dollar
    • $163 Million Federal
    • $73 Million State
    • = $236 Million
    • Appropriated
    • Permanent easement
    • + 100,000 Acres
  • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program ( CREP )
    • A loosely organized, action-oriented group of watershed Advocates.
    • Goal : tie together everyone in the watershed
    • who wants to participate in its restoration
  • Collective Intelligence Enables Innovation to Emerge
  • Conclusion: Ecosystems can heal themselves
    • Avoided:
    • Top-down management
    • Local Control
    • Encouraged:
    • Ecological re-framing
    • Diverse stakeholder communication
    • Supportive network
    • Result:
    • Emergence of novel solutions
  • Like Turning a Faucet Ecological Restoration is allowed to Emerge
  • Hope There seems to be something like a Gresham’s law of cultural evolution according to which the oversimplified ideas will always displace the sophisticated and the vulgar and the hateful will always displace the beautiful. And yet the beautiful persists. Gregory Bateson (1979[2002]:5)