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

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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.
See http://www.perth.ac.uk/specialistcentres/cms/Conferences/Perth2010/Pages/default.aspx for more information

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

  1. 1. 1 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 Beyond the usual suspects? The role of expert knowledge in sustainability indicator development for Scotland’s upland estates
  2. 2. 2 Outline • Research context • Methodology • A toolkit for sustainable upland estate management • Using the toolkit • Reflections
  3. 3. 3 Research context I Upland estate management in Scotland • Diverse models (Warren 2009) • Uncertain futures(Reed et al. 2009) • Uncertainty about sustainability ‘on the ground’
  4. 4. 4 Research context II Sustainable upland management • Conflicts between sustainability principles present a stumbling block (Jordan 2008) • ‘Learning from doing’ (Berkes 2009; Ioris et al. 2008) • Integrating approaches and interests (Bonn et al. 2009)
  5. 5. 5 Research context III Sustainability indicators for natural resource management • ‘Top-down’ vs. ‘bottom-up’ approaches (Reed et al. 2006) • Local experience and values of relevant stakeholders (Holden 2008) • ‘Governance thinking’ (Rist et al.2007) • Wider range of actors (Holman 2009)
  6. 6. 6 Methodology I Estate management professionals Academics & consultants NGOs & other interest groups Government agencies & other bodies Representative bodies Land Agents LandownersLand managers LINK RICS SRPBA SAC Relu programme Consultants International Scottish Government DCS Sustainable Development Commission CNPA RSPB NTS JMT Moorland Forum Southern Uplands Partnership PanelPanel
  7. 7. 7 Methodology II Round One: Establishing a context for sustainability Compiling and feeding back ideas Redrafting and piloting the toolkit Developing second draft Developing first draft Round Two: Discussing practical management strategies Round Four: Reflecting on the second draft Round Three: Reflecting on the first draft
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  9. 9. 9 Sustainability classes Creativity Innovation Novel approaches Leadership Pre-empting change Positive impacts Sound science A long-term view Willing to collaborate Adapting to change Maintaining a status quo A short-term view Unwilling to collaborate Not responding to change Managing for personal preference
  10. 10. 10 Outcomes and opportunities
  11. 11. 11 Adapting management Broadening options Ecosystem thinking Linking into social fabric Thinking beyond the estate ►Developing and implementing long- term management plans for all aspects of estate management ► Developing long- term income streams to cope with shocks ► Maintaining and enhancing environments for priority habitats and species ► Restoring key habitats ► Playing a role in delivering community aspirations ► Involving communities in estate decision-making and management ► Reducing carbon- focussed impacts of estate activities ► Supporting local trades, suppliers and markets ► Adapting management on the basis of sound knowledge and understanding ► Adding value to estate products and services ► Maximising the carbon storage potential of the estate ► Maintaining and enhancing catchments to good ecological condition ► Conserving and protecting landscapes and upland cultural heritage ► Facilitating employment and people development opportunities ► Involvement in planning and delivery beyond the estate scale ► Sharing knowledge and learning from others Long-term planning Economic resilience and financial viability A biodiverse environment Improved quality of life and representation Environmentally and socially responsible business(es) Risk management Customer-led approach Well-maintained and enhanced ecosystem services Improved livelihood opportunities External collaboration and dialogue Adapting management ►Developing and implementing long- term management plans for all aspects of estate management ► Adapting management on the basis of sound knowledge and understanding Long-term planning Risk management Proactive Active Under- active !
  12. 12. 12 Using the toolkit • Management plans and other documentation • In-depth interview with estate representative • Triangulating data • Feeding back
  13. 13. 13 Reflections • Creating a deliberative space for reflection and learning • A qualitative tool that facilitates monitoring and learning •Building on sustainability perceptions • Active role of the researcher in stimulating knowledge generation for sustainability
  14. 14. 14 For more information about the research, please contact: jayne.glass@perth.uhi.ac.uk References Berkes, F., 2009. Evolution of co-management: Role of knowledge generation, bridging organizations 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 water management sustainability indicators in Brazil and Scotland. Journal of Environmental Management, 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 sustainability indicators 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. Thank you

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