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Abstract

Measuring progress toward sustainability goals is a multifaceted task. International, regional, and national organizations and agencies seek to promote resilience and capacity for adaptation at local levels. However, their measurement systems may be poorly aligned with local contexts, cultures, and needs. Understanding how to build effective, culturally grounded measurement systems is a fundamental step toward supporting adaptive management and resilience in the face of environmental, social, and economic change. To identify patterns and inform future efforts, we review seven case studies and one framework regarding the development of culturally grounded indicator sets. Additionally, we explore ways to bridge locally relevant indicators and those of use at national and international levels. The process of identifying and setting criteria for appropriate indicators of resilience in social-ecological systems needs further documentation, discussion, and refinement, particularly regarding capturing feedbacks between biological and social-cultural elements of systems.

Affiliations

Sterling, Eleanor - Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

Ticktin, Tamara - University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Kipa Kepa Morgan, Tē - University of Auckland

Cullman, Georgina - Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

Alvira, Diana - The Field Museum

Andrade, Pelika - Na Maka o Papahanaumokuakea

Bergamini, Nadia - Bioversity International

Betley, Erin - Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

Burrows, Kate - Yale University

Caillon, Sophie - National Center for Scientific Research, Montpellier

Claudet, Joachim - National Center for Scientific Research, CRIOBE

Dacks, Rachel - University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Eyzaguirre, Pablo - Bioversity International

Filardi, Chris - Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

Gazit, Nadav - Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

Giardina, Christian - United States Forest Service, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry

Jupiter, Stacy - Wildlife Conservation Society, Melanesia Program

Kinney, Kealohanuiopuna - United States Forest Service, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry

McCarter, Joe - Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

Mejia, Manuel - The Nature Conservancy

Morishige, Kanoe - Na Maka o Papahanaumokuakea

Newell, Jennifer - Australian Museum Research Institute, Australian Museum

Noori, Lihla - Independent scholar

Parks, John - Marine Management Solutions

Pascua, Pua‘ala - University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Ravikumar, Ashwin - The Field Museum

Tanguay, Jamie - Vanuatu National Statistics Office

Sigouin, Amanda - Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

Stege, Tina - MarTina Corporation

Stege, Mark - Marshall Islands Conservation Society

Wali, Alaka - The Field Museum