OECD pressure-state-response indicators for managing biodiversity: a realistic perspective for a French biosphere reserve

Type Article
Date 2009-06
Language English
Author(s) Levrel Harold1, 2, Kerbiriou Christian3, Couvet Denis3, Weber Jacques4
Affiliation(s) 1 : Museum Natl Hist Nat, UMR CERSP, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
2 : IFREMER, Ctr Brest, Marine Econ Dept, UMR AMURE, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
3 : Museum Natl Hist Nat, Conservat Especes Restaurat & Suivi Populat UMR 5, F-75005 Paris, France.
4 : CIRAD, F-75116 Paris, France.
Source Biodiversity and Conservation (0960-3115) (Springer), 2009-06 , Vol. 18 , N. 7 , P. 1719-1732
DOI 10.1007/s10531-008-9507-0
WOS© Times Cited 36
Keyword(s) Biodiversity, Adaptive management, PSR indicators, Interaction indicators
Abstract Sustainability is said to be the science of integration, be it integration of scale, discipline or of stakeholders' interests. One way to integrate such diverse elements is to develop sustainable development indicators. Numerous national and international organizations have attempted to develop such indicators, among which interaction indicators are of critical importance because they enable us to link up human activities, ecological dynamics, and social goals. Among the various ways to develop such indicators, the most common ones are the pressure-state-response (PSR) indicators, as well as others coming from this framework. With realistic methodology one shall observe how PSR indicators might appear as an operational tool to face rapid social and ecological changes within a French biosphere reserve in Brittany. Results suggest that such a framework is insufficient to describe, understand and manage social and ecological interactions.
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