University of Michigan Gateway Ford School

Managing Ecosystem Services as Common-pool Resources: Identifying Best Practices for Wetland Restoration Activities

Jennifer Read, Michigan Sea Grant Program, University of Michigan

a 2006 CLOSUP Small Grants Program award

Abstract:
The sound management of common–pool resources requires government regulation of individual activities up to and including those on privately owned land. Most would acknowledge that wildlife is an example of a common–pool resource requiring such interventaion, but less commonly recognized are the ecosystem services (e.g., water filtration, climate stabiliization) provided by wetlands. What is the best approach to managing freshwater wetland restoration for the maximum return of ecosystem services? This project develops a series of recommendations for state and regional programs to assess and revise wetland restoration efforts by grounding theoretical and governance discussions in a real–world case–study context.

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