Adaptive Capacity of Coastal Resource Management Institutions in Cambodia, Viet Nam and Australia

Title Adaptive Capacity of Coastal Resource Management Institutions in Cambodia, Viet Nam and Australia
Authors Pedro FIDELMAN, Truong Van TUYEN, Kim NONG, Melissa NURSEYBRAY, Piseth KEOC, Mensah OWUSU
Issue Issue 6, published April 2016
Highlights
  • Institutional adaptive capacity varied within and across case studies.
  • Such capacity was influenced by enabling and disabling conditions at play.
  • Higher-level institutions need to support enabling conditions at lower levels.
  • This may involve poverty alleviation and building human and social capital.
Abstract Responding to environmental change requires a better understanding of how institutions—the rules and norms that structure human interactions—enable society to adapt to impacts of such change. By drawing on the Adaptive Capacity Wheel framework and empirical cases of coastal resource management decentralisation in the context of the Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary (Cambodia), Tam Giang Lagoon (Viet Nam) and the state of South Australia (Australia), this study examines how institutions support adaptive capacity. The characteristics of institutions analysed both facilitated and constrained adaptive capacity, depending on the enabling and disabling conditions at play. Despite the constraints, institutions have, to a certain extent, enabled actors to: organise themselves; learn and improve resource management; mobilise leadership, resources and authority; and, make progress towards improved governance. These illustrate the creation and mobilisation of adaptive capacity, which resulted in positive outcomes in responding to environmental change. In some of the cases studied, reinforcing enabling conditions of adaptive capacity will require creating livelihood alternatives, alleviating poverty, reducing inequality, and building human and social capital.
Full text ARCP2013-24NSY-Fidelman