Resilience and Challenges of Marine Social–Ecological Systems Under Complex and Interconnected Drivers

Sebastián Villasante*, Gonzalo Macho, Manel Antelo, David Rodríguez-González, Michel J. Kaiser

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In this paper, we summarize the contributions made by an interdisciplinary group of researchers from different disciplines (biology, ecology, economics, and law) that deal with key dimensions of marine social-ecological systems. Particularly, the local and global seafood provision; the feasibility and management of marine protected areas; the use of marine ecosystem services; the institutional dimension in European fisheries, and the affordable models for providing scientific advice to small-scale fisheries. This Special Issue presents key findings from selected case studies around the world available to educators, policy makers, and the technical community. Together, these papers show that a range of diverse ecological, economic, social, and institutional components often mutually interact at spatial and temporal scales, which evidence that managing marine social-ecological systems needs a continuous adaptability to navigate into new governance systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)905-909
Number of pages5
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Complex marine social-ecological systems
  • Local and global drivers
  • Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Chemistry


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