Recent decades have seen an evolution in thinking on the sustainability of forest-dependent communities from community stability to community resilience, which seeks to enhance communities’ ability to respond to drivers of change in ways that sustain the multiple dimensions of well-being. However, the process of community response to drivers of change is not well understood and methods for assessing community resilience are not fully developed. This paper proposes a theoretical model to understand the structures and processes influencing the adaptation of communities and households to drivers of change and which can serve as a guide to the development of indicators for assessing resilience across multiple scales. The model synthesizes the interactional community theory from rural sociology and the theory of resilience in social-ecological systems from the field of applied ecology. The implications of the model for theory and methods are discussed.
Akamani, Kofi. "A Community Resilience Model for Understanding and Assessing the Sustainability of Forest-Dependent Communities." (Jan 2012).