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Title: Building resilience through interlocal relations: case studies of polar bear and walrus management in the Bering Strait

Author: Meek, Chanda L.; Lovecraft, Amy Lauren; Robards, Martin D.; Kofinas, Gary P.;

Date: 2008

Source: Marine Policy. 32: 1080-1089

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Arctic coastal communities in the Bering Strait region of Alaska (USA) and Chukotka (Russia) share a close relationship with their natural environments that can be characterized as a social-ecological system. This system is complex, featuring changing ecosystem conditions, multiple jurisdictions, migratory animal populations, and several cultures. We argue that linkages between communities in both countries enhance the effectiveness of transborder polar bear and walrus conservation. We find that locally embedded bilateral institutions can provide effective management venues that persist despite slow or lacking processes of international law because they provide a better fit between rules for managing and the true system state.

Keywords: social-ecological systems, transborder conservation, wildlife management, co-management, marine mammals

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Meek, Chanda L.; Lovecraft, Amy Lauren; Robards, Martin D.; Kofinas, Gary P. 2008. Building resilience through interlocal relations: case studies of polar bear and walrus management in the Bering Strait. Marine Policy. 32: 1080-1089.

 


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