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Complex problems and unchallenged solutions: Bringing ecosystem governance to the forefront of the UN sustainable development goals

Vasseur, Liette and Horning, Darwin and Thornbush, Mary and Cohen-Shacham, Emmanuelle and Andrade, Angela and Barrow, Ed and Edwards, Steve R. and Wit, Piet and Jones, Michael (2017). Complex problems and unchallenged solutions: Bringing ecosystem governance to the forefront of the UN sustainable development goals. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment. 46 , 731-742
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Abstract

Sustainable development aims at addressing economic, social, and environmental concerns, but the current lack of responsive environmental governance hinders progress. Short-term economic development has led to limited actions, unsustainable resource management, and degraded ecosystems. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) may continue to fall short of achieving significant progress without a better understanding of how ecosystems contribute to achieving sustainability for all people. Ecosystem governance is an approach that integrates the social and ecological components for improved sustainability and includes principles such as adaptive ecosystem co-management, subsidiarity, and telecoupling framework, as well as principles of democracy and accountability. We explain the importance of ecosystem governance in achieving the SDGs, and suggest some ways to ensure that ecosystem services are meaningfully considered. This paper reflects on how integration of these approaches into policies can enhance the current agenda of sustainability.

Authors/Creators:Vasseur, Liette and Horning, Darwin and Thornbush, Mary and Cohen-Shacham, Emmanuelle and Andrade, Angela and Barrow, Ed and Edwards, Steve R. and Wit, Piet and Jones, Michael
Title:Complex problems and unchallenged solutions: Bringing ecosystem governance to the forefront of the UN sustainable development goals
Year of publishing :2017
Volume:46
Page range:731-742
Number of Pages:12
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0044-7447
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
Keywords:Conservation, Ecosystems, Environmental degradation, Governance, International conventions, Sustainability
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-103982
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-103982
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s13280-017-0918-6
Web of Science (WoS)000411967700002
ID Code:16654
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Swedish Biodiversity Centre
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:18 Mar 2020 12:51
Metadata Last Modified:23 Jul 2020 09:57

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