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Social-Ecological Systems Meta-Analysis Database: Variables

Variable TypeOrdinal
Variable Component TypeEnvironmental Common
Variable KindComponent
ThemeResource renewability (learn about themes)
ProjectsSESMAD, Fiji fisheries
QuestionHow renewable is this commons?
Select Options0 Not renewable, 1 Renewable
Unit
Role
ImportanceRenewability affects the incentives of users to conserve the commons. Resources with low regeneration rates are more challenging to manage that those resources that regenerate very fast.
Definition

Renewable resources are resources that can be replaced or replenished within 100 years.

Sectors

Theory Usages

TheoryValue Used

Component Usages

ComponentValue UsedExplanation
Galapagos Sea CucumberRenewable (1)Sea cucumbers are renewable, however exhibit very low reproductive and recruitment capacity. (Hearn et al., 2005)
Western Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Renewable (1)
Forests in IndonesiaRenewable (1)Forests in this environment grow back fairly rapidly (although in some extreme circumstances of forest clearing, they may not easily grow back).
Tigris watershed 
OzoneRenewable (1)Ozone is a renewable abiotic compound, but this occurs via slow regenerative processes
Ozone Depleting SubstancesRenewable (1)These are man-made and can be created at any time.
Rhine Point source pollutantsRenewable (1)The pollutants are natural metals, which are potentially renewable
Eastern Atlantic Bluefin TunaRenewable (1)
Rhine Non-point source pollutantsRenewable (1)The pollutants are natural chemical elements, which are potentially renewable
GBR coral coverRenewable (1)But takes decades to renew because coral reefs are slow-growing
fish 
GBR target fish 
GBR target fishRenewable (1)Renewable within a years (as opposed to months or decades).
NWHI Lobster FisheryRenewable (1)
Macquarie Island Royal PenguinRenewable (1)
Wakatobi coral coverRenewable (1)But takes decades to renew because coral reefs are slow-growing
Light Mantled AlbatrossRenewable (1)
Walt's forest 
Galapagos Green TurtleRenewable (1)Renewable, however slow to mature and reproduce, with high infant mortality.
NWHI Trophic DensityRenewable (1)Some high trophic species are slow to reproduce
Patagonian squid (Loligo gahi)Renewable (1)Reflective of environmental conditions. Reproduces quickly.
Salmon 
Wakatobi Green TurtleRenewable (1)But slow to reproduce - low regeneration rates
NWHI Green TurtleRenewable (1)But slow to reproduce - low regeneration rates
Raja Ampat Reef Fish Renewable (1)However, some can be very slow growing taking years to mature and reproduce
Raja Ampat Coral CoverRenewable (1)But takes decades to renew because coral reefs are slow-growing
Galapagos SharksRenewable (1)But many species slow to reproduce
Raja Ampat Green TurtleRenewable (1)Renewable, although low survival rates and slow maturing
California Rocky Shores Ecosystem HealthRenewable (1)Most species are fast-growing.
Community D Fish ResourcesRenewable (1)
Community A Fish ResourcesRenewable (1)
Community C Fish ResourcesRenewable (1)
Community B Fish ResourcesRenewable (1)
California Humpback WhaleRenewable (1)Renewable but these species are slow to reproduce and have low regeneration rates.
California Groundfish HabitatRenewable (1)This is moderately renewable. Biotic habitat (kelp) is more so renewable than rocks. Most are long living species but are quite slow growing (especially many rockfish species) (McCain et al. 2005). Overexploitation of California rockfish stocks have led to a reduction in age at maturity, a decrease in fecundity, and a change in gonadal index (Adams 1980; Gunderson et al. 1980). The kelp forests and sea grass areas are renewable, while the rocky shores are somewhat renewable.
Svalbard Polar BearRenewable (1)
Seaflower coral reefsRenewable (1)Spawn yearly.
Community G Fish ResourcesRenewable (1)
Community F Fish ResourcesRenewable (1)
Community E Fish ResourcesRenewable (1)
Community H Fish ResourcesRenewable (1)
Svalbard ShrimpRenewable (1)
Arrow Squid (Nototodarus spp.)Renewable (1)Reproduces quickly.
Svalbard BelugaRenewable (1)
King PenguinRenewable (1)
GABMP (Commonwealth Waters) Southern Right WhaleRenewable (1)Renewable but southern right whales are slow to reproduce and have low regeneration rates.
Cenderwasih target fishRenewable (1)However, some can be very slow growing taking years to mature and reproduce
Seaflower groupersRenewable (1)Reproduce yearly.
Cenderwasih coral coverRenewable (1)But takes decades to renew because coral reefs are slow-growing
GABMP (Commonwealth Waters) Southern Bluefin TunaRenewable (1)Renewable but vulnerable to exploitation and potentially slow to recover from fishing.
GABMP (Commonwealth Waters) BenthosRenewable (1)Poriferans, ascidians and bryozoans dominated the biomass of benthic species found in the GABMP and these marine invertebrates are renewable.
GBR Green TurtleRenewable (1)
Wakatobi fish spawningRenewable (1)Lutjanus bohar and Epinephelus fuscoguttatus both have minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years, Plectropomus areolatus is much less productive with a minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years
Cenderwasih green turtleRenewable (1)But slow to reproduce - low regeneration rates
GABMP (Commonwealth Waters) Sea LionRenewable (1)
Patagonian Toothfish Renewable (1)Toothfish are a renewable resource, but are still subject to overexploitation because of their life history characteristics (e.g., slow growth, long-lived, later to mature).
Svalbard KittiwakeRenewable (1)Generation length: 12.9 years (http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22694497/0)
New Zealand Sea Lion 
California market squid (Loligo opalescens)Renewable (1)Reflective of environmental conditions. Reproduces quickly.