Principle 2 – Manage connectivity

Vasilis Dakos, Allyson Quinlan, Jacopo A. Baggio, Elena Bennett, Örjan Bodin, Shauna BurnSilver

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Connectivity refers to the structure and strength with which resources, species or social actors disperse, migrate or interact across patches, habitats or social domains. Here we discuss how connectivity may confer resilience to the supply of ecosystem services. High levels of connectivity can facilitate recovery after a disturbance. At the same time, highly connected systems increase the potential for disturbances to spread. Additionally, the structure characterizing how system components are connected appears to play a role. Thus, the effect of connectivity on the provision of ecosystem services is highly context dependent. Despite increasing theoretical work that evaluates how connectivity affects the resilience of social–ecological systems, we still largely lack empirical studies that quantify these effects. We discuss this disparity and suggest new areas for further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrinciples for Building Resilience: Sustaining Ecosystem Services in Social-Ecological Systems
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781316014240
ISBN (Print)9781107082656
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Dakos, V., Quinlan, A., Baggio, J. A., Bennett, E., Bodin, Ö., & BurnSilver, S. (2015). Principle 2 – Manage connectivity. In Principles for Building Resilience: Sustaining Ecosystem Services in Social-Ecological Systems (pp. 80-104). Cambridge University Press.