Social-Ecological Systems Governance. From Paradigm to Management Approach

N. Frantzeskaki, J.H. Slinger, H.S.I. Vreugdenhil, E. Van Daalen

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    This article presents the reframing of flood management practices in the light of social-ecological systems governance. It presents an exploratory theoretical analysis of social-ecological systems (SES) governance complemented by insights from case study analysis. It identifies a mismatch between the goals of the underlying ecosystem paradigms and their manifestation in management practice. The Polder Altenheim case study is an illustration of the consequences of flood management practices that do not match their underlying paradigm. The article recommends two institutional arrangements that will allow institutions to increase their capacity to co-evolve with SES dynamics: (a) institutional arrangements to ensure and enable openness in actor participation, and (b) institutional arrangements to enable updating of the management practices in response to SES dynamics.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)84-98
    Number of pages15
    JournalNature and Culture
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


    • Polder Altenheim
    • dynamics
    • floods
    • governance
    • institutions
    • mismatch
    • water management policy

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    Frantzeskaki, N., Slinger, J. H., Vreugdenhil, H. S. I., & Van Daalen, E. (2010). Social-Ecological Systems Governance. From Paradigm to Management Approach. Nature and Culture, 5(1), 84-98.