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Introducing the PECS Working Group on Ocean Equity for Sustainable Futures

Most of the world’s population lives by the ocean and relies on ocean resources for their livelihoods and survival. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that access to ocean resources is not guaranteed for everybody and is often inequitably distributed. Recently global discussions have been taking place with the goal of conserving 30% of theContinue reading “Introducing the PECS Working Group on Ocean Equity for Sustainable Futures”

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Human disturbances in Afromontane forests in southwestern Ethiopia: How spatially varied are these impacts?

Forest ecosystems have high biodiversity and act as important carbon sinks, however human disturbances and impacts on these ecosystems are causing them to rapidly change. Anthropogenic disturbances have a range of impacts on forest ecosystems from the edge to the interior and can result in forest degradation, which has negative impacts on biodiversity and carbonContinue reading “Human disturbances in Afromontane forests in southwestern Ethiopia: How spatially varied are these impacts?”

A leverage points perspective on transformation: Invitation to a Global Conversation

From India to Mexico, from Bachelor students to senior scientists – people with a shared interest in social-ecological systems research from all over the world exchanged their ideas and discussed questions in four sessions of the online seminar series “Social-ecological systems: A global conversation”. Between October 2021 and February 2022 members of Leuphana University’s Social-EcologicalContinue reading “A leverage points perspective on transformation: Invitation to a Global Conversation”

The Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: How can we succeed as restoration scientists through knowledge sharing?

In recent years, it has become clear that ecosystem degradation is a severe issue that affects the environment and people globally, and ecosystem integrity must be restored wherever possible. To promote and upscale restoration efforts globally, the United Nations designated the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Yet effective ecological restoration requires reliable and sound ecological knowledgeContinue reading “The Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: How can we succeed as restoration scientists through knowledge sharing?”

Mapping ecological restoration knowledge: linking theory and practice in an interactive online platform

Ecosystems globally have become degraded through land use change, pollution, biodiversity loss, and climate change in the past decades. Ecosystem restoration is a powerful tool to help combat land and water degradation and the associated damage to human livelihoods. Currently, information regarding restoration science and practices are dispersed across large numbers of scientific papers andContinue reading “Mapping ecological restoration knowledge: linking theory and practice in an interactive online platform”

How can norms and policies be shifted to promote Earth stewardship and create sustainable futures?

To tackle the major challenges our planet and society faces today, it is increasingly clear that transformations in wider society are needed to shift from the current growth paradigm to more sustainable pathways. Recent studies suggest that there are potential social tipping points that could shift us toward an Earth stewardship vision, which emphasizes sustainableContinue reading “How can norms and policies be shifted to promote Earth stewardship and create sustainable futures?”

What are the most relevant indicators for social-ecological archetype mapping? A data-driven methodological routine in Andalusia, Spain

Human-nature interactions and social-ecological systems (SES) research is becoming increasingly significant as biodiversity and climate change result in more attention being paid to these relationships and what characterizes such systems. Different approaches to detecting, mapping and characterizing SESs have been an important tool in empirically researching these, yet few studies have looked at indicators andContinue reading “What are the most relevant indicators for social-ecological archetype mapping? A data-driven methodological routine in Andalusia, Spain”

How do human pressures affect protected area effectiveness in western Tanzania?

Across the globe, human-induced pressures are in large part causing losses in biodiversity. Protected areas (PAs) are key conservation tools, but in the face of biodiversity loss their ecological effectiveness is increasingly contested. In East Africa, there are wide and varying PA networks, yet some of these have faced severe declines in large mammal populationsContinue reading “How do human pressures affect protected area effectiveness in western Tanzania?”

Marine spatial planning in the EU: How can we benefit from the integration of different knowledges, communities, and visioning tools?

Marine spaces today face a barrage of challenges, such as climate change, exploitation through natural resource use, and pollution. To regulate the different key interest groups access and use of sea spaces, maritime spatial planning has emerged. Member states of the European Union were required to establish their maritime spatial plans in March 2021, followingContinue reading “Marine spatial planning in the EU: How can we benefit from the integration of different knowledges, communities, and visioning tools?”

How, where, and by whom is sustainable development research knowledge used to produce transformations? Investigating transdisciplinary co-creation to improve uptake of knowledge.

To tackle the global issues that we face today, scientific research across disciplines is needed. Scientific research creates the necessary knowledge, practices, and innovations that can support sustainable development. Yet often research is not utilised by society in the ways it could be, which has been the focus of scientific communication efforts and transdisciplinary researchContinue reading “How, where, and by whom is sustainable development research knowledge used to produce transformations? Investigating transdisciplinary co-creation to improve uptake of knowledge.”