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From resilience to viability: a case study of indigenous communities of the North Rupununi, Guyana

Berardi, Andrea; Tschirhart, Céline; Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Bignante, Elisa; Haynes, Lakeram; Albert, Grace; Benjamin, Ryan; Xavier, Rebecca and Jafferally, Deirdre (2013). From resilience to viability: a case study of indigenous communities of the North Rupununi, Guyana. EchoGéo(24)

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'Resilience' is a term that has achieved significant prominence in scientific circles and now within popular discourse. However, its practical application is often unclear or confused because it can mean different things to different people: To resist? To adapt? To transform? In this paper, we propose a framework - System Viability - able to coherently engage with six distinct properties of all systems, from ecosystems to communities, allowing the identification of trade-offs and synergies for maximising the chances of systems persistence. We apply and evaluate the System Viability framework through participatory visual methods within three indigenous communities in the North Rupununi, Guyana. This paper highlights how the framework allows the measurement of community survival strategies in a consistent and theoretically corroborated way, with implications for national and international policy-makers aiming to promote resilience and sustainability.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 EchoGeo (OpenEdition Freemium)
ISSN: 1963-1197
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
COBRA282991European Commission Seventh Framework
Extra Information: 17 pp.
Keywords: viability; indigenous; participatory visual method; Guyana
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 37995
Depositing User: Andrea Berardi
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 08:46
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 19:13
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