Resilience Thinking Applied to the Mangroves of Indonesia

A Look at the General Resilience of Indonesia’s Mangrove Forests, as Socio-Ecological Systems with Reference to Potential Thresholds

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  • 2007
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This paper, intends to present the precepts of “Resilience Thinking” as they relate to mangrove management in Indonesia. The paper’s only real design, is to provide mangrove managers with basic information on resilience, so that they may begin to think of mangrove forests under their jurisdiction as socio-ecological systems and begin to perceive management actions based on their ability to maintain or increase the resilience of the mangrove forest.. Before going into the specifics of resilience and mangroves, we need a basic understanding of the concept of resilience as described by David Salt and Brian Walker, authors of “Resilience Thinking.” As opposed to paraphrasing the authors (and misconstruing their connotations), many of the key concepts on resilience are taking verbatim from the book “Resilience Thinking” and the Resilience Alliance website, not with the intent to plagiarize, but because so many mangrove managers in Indonesia will not be able to access the original, and also so that translation from English to Indonesia takes place with as little distortion as possible. Again, the main emphasis of this paper is to make a new mode of thinking accessible managers who have limited access to written materials.

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