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Enhance the capacity of social-ecological systems to support biodiversity and ecosystem services under global change

Sustainable ecosystem management depends upon how ecosystems are managed for generating multiple ecosystem services in a rapidly changing world where resources are increasingly under pressure. It also depends on a fundamental understanding of the ecological and evolutionary processes involving biodiversity, as well as the means by which these processes are linked into complex social-ecological systems and decisions.


Focus 1

Build the knowledge base for management practices that enhance the ability of social-ecological systems to maintain biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Key questions:

  • What are the trade-offs and synergies among ecosystem services and between ecosystem services and human wellbeing?
  • What are the cross-scale interactions of biodiversity and ecosystem services?
  • What are the feedbacks of ecosystem services and biodiversity on the climate and earth systems and how will these change with time?
  • How can we use / develop the knowledge base to better inform practice and policy?


Focus 2

Enhance the governance capacity of social-ecological systems to cope with and shape the evolving dynamics of biodiversity and ecosystem services, including consequences for equity.

Key questions:

  • What are the interactions and linkages across biodiversity and ecosystem service governance systems across political scales?
  • What are the links between biodiversity change and the responses to these changes and how does this influence equity and distributional justice?


Focus 3

Build the knowledge base to enhance the capacity of social-ecological systems to (a) sustain human wellbeing across generations and (b) be active factors of beneficial transformation.

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