[Coral-List] Mini-Symposium on Social-ecological Systems at ICRS

Joshua Cinner joshua.cinner at jcu.edu.au
Mon Oct 15 02:51:08 EDT 2007

Dear colleagues:

We would like to invite you to participate in Mini-Symposium 21,
"Social-ecological systems", being held at the 11th ICRS in Fort Lauderdale,
July 7th-11th 2008.

The 11th International Coral Reef Symposium science program will address
scientific questions within the framework of a series of Mini-Symposia
developed to explore problems and issues on contemporary coral reefs that
will assist management to sustain future reefs. 

The central theme for the 11th ICRS is "REEFS FOR THE FUTURE". The Symposium
goals are to provide a scientific basis for coral reef ecosystem management
by articulating the state of the science with respect to current and
emerging stressors; improve the understanding of reef condition, function,
and productivity; and grow the fields of coral reef ecosystem science,
conservation, and multidisciplinary research by facilitating the exchange of

The central topics of Mini-Symposium 21 are as follows: Globally, many coral
reefs have lost ecological resilience to recurrent disturbances, leading to
phase-shifts from healthy to degraded systems. The major drivers of reef
degradation are social and economic (e.g. poverty, ineffective governance,
market pressures that lead to land-clearing and overfishing). When
ecological phase shifts and coastal disasters occur, they cause a loss of
ecosystem goods and services, with significant socio-economic impact.
Mini-Symposium 21, "Social-Ecological Systems" considers these linked
social, economic, and ecological dynamics to better confront the global
coral reef crisis. Topics include:

1) What are the sources of resilience in linked social-ecological systems? 
2) How can resilience in linked social-ecological systems be bolstered or
3) What are the implications of resilience concept for monitoring and
managing coral reefs?
4) How can coastal societies deal with ecological surprise and uncertainty?

We welcome abstract submissions on these topics as well as all aspects of
“Social-ecological systems”. Submissions that address these questions are
encouraged but not mandatory.  If you have an alternative question or
questions you are addressing, please so note.  All submissions addressing
“Social-ecological systems” are encouraged to be submitted for

For abstract submission, registration, and other information, please visit: 
The deadline for abstract submission is 15 November 2007.  When submitting
your abstracts, please use the session code: Mini-Symposium 21.

Mini-Symposium 21 “Social-ecological systems” co-conveners:

Terry Hughes
Joshua Cinner
Simon Foale
Magnus Nystrom

If you know of anyone who might be interested who might not receive this
notice, please feel free to pass it along.  We look forward to your
participation.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Josh

Joshua E. Cinner, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow (APD)
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University
Townsville, QLD 4811
ph: +61 7 4781 6751
fax: +61 7 4781 6722
joshua.cinner at jcu.edu.au
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