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Title (Primary) The science-policy interface on ecosystems and people: challenges and opportunities
Author Balvanera, P.; Jacobs, S.; Nagendra, H.; O’Farrell, P.; Bridgewater, P.; Crouzat, E.; Dendoncker, N.; Goodwin, S.; Gustafsson, K.M.; Kadykalo, A.N.; Krug, C.B.; van Matuk, F.A.M.; Pandit, R.; Sala, J.E.; Schröter, M.; Washbourne, C.-L.;
Journal Ecosystems and People
Year 2020
Department CLE;
Volume 16
Issue 1
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T12;
Abstract The complex links and feedbacks between ecosystems and people are now sharply in focus. Our growing understandings of the complex relations between ecosystems and people, the social and ecological drivers of changes in nature, and the different dimensions of a good quality of life, from local to global scales, have made these interdependencies ever more visible (IPBES 2019; Díaz et al. 2019). Furthermore, recent studies have revealed how dramatically unsustainable and inequitable the interactions between ecosystems and people are, as a result of a long legacy of consumerism and utilitarianism, patriarchy and colonialism, and the global expansion of production-oriented relationships with nature. In embracing the new name and scope of the Journal Ecosystems and People (Martín-López et al. 2019) a special issue was launched in 2018 to gather and synthesize the findings, insights and experiences gained in science-policy interfaces regarding ecosystems and people, with a special emphasis on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). We invited scientific contributions and contributions from non-academic authors, on the process, theory, and outcomes of IPBES as well as on other science-policy interfaces. Following the approach of the journal, the special issue aimed for a diverse distribution
of authors based on gender, region, ethnicity and seniority as contributors. In this introductory paper, we synthesize the insights gained through this special issue. We identify four key challenges, as well as opportunities and strategies to overcome them, which are presented below. These challenges and exemplary strategies were drawn from a series of collaborative contributions from authors around the world, involving work at different science-policy interfaces, and including a range of professional and disciplinary backgrounds
among scientists, sectors of society, types of knowledge and spatial and temporal scales. Close to 100
authors, from nearly 30 different countries, encompassing all continents, from a wide range of career
stages participated in this special issue. They belong to a wide range of academic, education, governmental,
civil society and consulting organizations and provide a rich overview of how science-policy interfaces
advance research on ecosystems and people.
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Balvanera, P., Jacobs, S., Nagendra, H., O’Farrell, P., Bridgewater, P., Crouzat, E., Dendoncker, N., Goodwin, S., Gustafsson, K.M., Kadykalo, A.N., Krug, C.B., van Matuk, F.A.M., Pandit, R., Sala, J.E., Schröter, M., Washbourne, C.-L. (2020):
The science-policy interface on ecosystems and people: challenges and opportunities
Ecosyst. People 16 (1), 345 - 353