Social-Ecological Systems

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Working with uncertainties: The future of integrating agriculture and biodiversity in the Muttama Creek Catchment Area, Australia.

As land-use change and agricultural intensification are key drivers of today’s biodiversity crisis, farmers are increasingly asked to display how they protect the natural environment on their farms, for example by consumers or financiers. There is also an ongoing discussion in academic circles about the best solution to protecting biodiversity in agriculture. The future ofContinue reading Working with uncertainties: The future of integrating agriculture and biodiversity in the Muttama Creek Catchment Area, Australia.

I know that feeling: The relevance of the relation between values and knowledge for collaborative approaches

As recently more and more knowledge systems and their embedded values gain recognition in sustainability sciences, their importance for achieving more equitable, inclusive decision-making and land management become clearer as well. Sustainability sciences that only focus on underlying values can exclude certain stakeholder groups if knowledge is restricted to forms only valid according to theContinue reading I know that feeling: The relevance of the relation between values and knowledge for collaborative approaches

Learning to turn tables – Operationalizing the leverage points perspective for empirical research

Besides many efforts to turn the tables on our planet’s path to more sustainability, the deep transformation needed in social-ecological systems so far is still missing. As mostly short-term solutions have been implemented, underlying drivers of unsustainable trajectories stay undetected. Recently, a leverage points perspective (LPP) has come more into focus as a possible approachContinue reading Learning to turn tables – Operationalizing the leverage points perspective for empirical research

Should it stay or should it go? Navigating stability and transformation for managing resilience in coastal governance

As coastal systems are further challenged by increasing local economic activities and environmental drivers like climate change and its impacts, calls for improving the resilience of these systems get louder. While various global agreements such as the Paris Climate Agreement or the Aichi Biodiversity Targets include resilience as one of their goals, they do notContinue reading Should it stay or should it go? Navigating stability and transformation for managing resilience in coastal governance

How to ask for the moon? Applying the Social-Ecological System Framework to Lunar Resource Systems

Everyone knows: There are no stupid questions. So, why not ask for the moon? Or more specifically, lunar resources? In their new paper, Kuhn et al. (2022) prepare for this question by working out how to ask for the moon. By applying Social-Ecological System (SES) concepts, they designed a lunar resource database to compare differentContinue reading How to ask for the moon? Applying the Social-Ecological System Framework to Lunar Resource Systems


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