Resilience Assessment

Resilience assessment integrates a set of key concepts to provide an alternative way of thinking about and practicing natural resource management.


The recently updated workbook for practitioners (download below) uses strategic questions and activities to assess resilience in social-ecological systems.  The approach involves constructing a conceptual model of a system that includes resources, stakeholders, and institutions, and identifies potential thresholds between alternative systems states in order to provide insight into factors that build or erode a system's resilience.  A resilience assessment can thus help with developing strategies for coping with uncertainty and change.


Online resilience assessment resources include examples of key concepts applied in a variety of different systems, an annotated bibliography, and an open projects database.   


Also available is a workbook for Scientists that is based on case-study comparisons of regional SESs and builds on an earlier framework (Walker et al. 2002).  It is intended for those already familiar with basic concepts of resilience and system dynamics.




Examples of
Key Concepts



Resilience Assessment Workbook Downloads

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Assessing resilience in social-ecological systems: Workbook for practitioners (Revised version 2.0)

Assessing resilience in social-ecological systems - A workbook for scientists
Resilience Alliance

Social-ecological Inventory Workbook - Supplement to the workbook for Practitioners

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