Advancing sustainability through mainstreaming a social–ecological systems perspective

Fischer, Joern, Gardner, Toby A., Bennett, Elena M., Balvanera, Patricia, Biggs, Reinette, Carpenter, Stephen, Daw, Tim, Folke, Carl, Hill, Rosemary, Hughes, Terry P., Luthe, Tobias, Maass, Manuel, Meacham, Megan, Norström, Albert V., Peterson, Garry, Queiroz, Cibele, Seppelt, Ralf, Spierenburg, Marja, and Tenhunen, John (2015) Advancing sustainability through mainstreaming a social–ecological systems perspective. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 14. pp. 144-149.

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Abstract

The concept of social–ecological systems is useful for understanding the interlinked dynamics of environmental and societal change. The concept has helped facilitate: (1) increased recognition of the dependence of humanity on ecosystems; (2) improved collaboration across disciplines, and between science and society; (3) increased methodological pluralism leading to improved systems understanding; and (4) major policy frameworks considering social–ecological interactions. Despite these advances, the potential of a social–ecological systems perspective to improve sustainability outcomes has not been fully realized. Key priorities are to: (1) better understand and govern social–ecological interactions between regions; (2) pay greater attention to long-term drivers; (3) better understand the interactions among power relations, justice, and ecosystem stewardship; and (4) develop a stronger science–society interface.

Item ID: 44439
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1877-3443
Funders: Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Australian Research Council (ARC)
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2016 03:18
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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