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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

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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

Against the current: Obstacles to knowledge co-production for Early-Career Researchers in the Marine Sciences

Knowledge co-production, the collaborative process of different types of expertise cultivating context-specific knowledge, increasingly proves to tackle sustainability issues. Social-ecological systems (SES) like marine and coastal areas face diverse challenges, among them a variety of social injustices that call for participatory approaches. While being increasingly recognized and understood in the science community, knowledge co-production isContinue reading “Against the current: Obstacles to knowledge co-production for Early-Career Researchers in the Marine Sciences”

Not seeing the forest for the trees: A call for a new slogan for global climate action

Nowadays, one cannot ignore the message of “Plant trees!” when discussing climate change mitigations. Projects like the Trillion Tree Campaign or even the new EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 focus on afforestation as the solution to combat climate change. Temperate and tropical grasslands and savannas are often targets of tree-planting projects, even though these habitatsContinue reading “Not seeing the forest for the trees: A call for a new slogan for global climate action”

With flying colors: New study assesses how different land-use types relate to butterfly diversity

The very hungry caterpillar needs food and shelter – and depending on its life-history traits, its requirements can be either decidedly specific or just as generic as the children’s book illustrates: A new study by Wurz et al. (2022) draws off this vast diversity and uses butterflies as a model taxon to assess effects ofContinue reading “With flying colors: New study assesses how different land-use types relate to butterfly diversity”

Fresh fodder for future findings: Mapping plural values of grasslands and their ecosystem services

So far, ecosystem service research in grasslands has mainly focused on provisioning services and their economic values; however, calls for plural valuation have become more prominent in recent times. In fact, the inclusion of instrumental, relational and intrinsic values in an assessment of ecosystem services can reveal further reasons by which people express the importanceContinue reading “Fresh fodder for future findings: Mapping plural values of grasslands and their ecosystem services”

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”

Bring on tomorrow: A new way of looking into the future of ecosystem services in southwestern Ethiopia

While science can do much, its chance to travel into the future is still severely limited. By applying old methods in a new way, Jiren et al. (2022) may have circumvented this issue. Scenario planning, stakeholder analysis and space-for-time substitution may all be well-used methods in various research fields, but employed together they open upContinue reading “Bring on tomorrow: A new way of looking into the future of ecosystem services in southwestern Ethiopia”

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”