Operationalizing resilience and resistance concepts for ecosystems at risk

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There are two syntheses providing overviews and integration of the use of resilience concepts to guide natural resource management actions:

Operationalizing Ecological Resilience Concepts for Managing Species and Ecosystems at Risk This review provides an overview and integration of the use of resilience concepts to guide natural resources management actions. It emphasizes ecosystems and landscapes and provide examples of the use of these concepts from empirical research in applied ecology, beginning with a discussion of definitions and concepts of ecological resilience and related terms that are applicable to management. It  suggests a resilience-based framework for management facilitates regional planning by providing the ability to locate management actions where they will have the greatest benefits and determine effective management strategies.

Operationalizing Resilience and Resistance Concepts to Address Invasive Grass-Fire Cycles – This review discusses the factors that influence fire regimes, general and spatial resilience to fire, resistance to invasive annual grasses, and thus invasive grass-fire cycles in global arid and semi-arid shrublands and woodlands. Cold Deserts are used to illustrate an approach and decision tools for prioritizing areas on the landscape for management actions to prevent development of invasive grass-fire cycles and protect high value resources and habitats and for determining effective management strategies.

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