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Social Networks and Knowledge Systems for Urban Stewardship and Sustainability

Map of prevalence of stewardship groups

Social Networks and Knowledge Systems for Urban Stewardship and Sustainability
January 14, 2015

Tischa A. Muņoz-Erickson, USDA Forest Service

Erika S Svendsen, USDA Forest Service

The complexity of stakeholders involved in urban sustainability can make planning and decision-making a challenging task. In this webinar, we present two decision-support tools that help land managers and decision-makers build effective partnerships by identifying and understanding potential allies, their visions of the future, and the knowledge systems that underpin their expertise. Tischa Muņoz-Erickson will describe knowledge-action systems analysis (KASA), an examination of the formal and informal networks of individuals and organizations in which knowledge, ideas, and strategies for sustainability are being produced, evaluated, and validated. She will illustrate the process through the example of San Juan, Puerto Rico, which implements the KASA tool for urban land use sustainability. Erika Svendsen will introduce participants to the Stewardship Assessment and Mapping Project (STEW-MAP) that uses novel methods to identify civic stewards on a citywide and neighborhood scale. These data tell us about the presence, capacity, geographic turf, and social networks of environmental stewardship groups in a given city, and can be used as part of green infrastructure asset mapping.

Presented at the ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services conference, December 2014

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Linking Science and Practice: The importance of knowledge-action systems for achieving sustainable solutions (PDF)
Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson
Research Social Scientist
International Institute of Tropical Forestry, USDA Forest Service
Abstract

Visualizing Civic Environmental Stewardship for Urban Planning & Development (PDF)
Erika S. Svendsen
Research Social Scientist
Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Abstract