Key knowledge gaps to achieve global sustainability goals

Mastrangelo, Matias E. and Perez-Harguindeguy, Natalia and Enrico, Lucas and Bennett, Elena and Lavorel, Sandra and Cumming, Graeme S. and Abeygunawardane, Dilini and Amarilla, Leonardo D. and Burkhard, Benjamin and Egoh, Benis N. and Frishkoff, Luke and Galetto, Leonardo and Huber, Sibyl and Karp, Daniel S. and Ke, Alison and Kowaljow, Esteban and Kronenburg-Garcia, Angela and Locatelli, Bruno and Martin-Lopez, Berta and Meyfroidt, Patrick and Mwampamba, Tuyeni H. and Nel, Jeanne and Nicholas, Kimberly A. and Nicholson, Charles and Oteros-Rozas, Elisa and Rahlao, Sebataolo J. and Raudsepp-Hearne, Ciara and Ricketts, Taylor and Shrestha, Uttam B. and Torres, Carolina and Winkler, Klara J. and Zoeller, Kim (2019) Key knowledge gaps to achieve global sustainability goals. Nature Sustainability, 2 (12). pp. 1115-1121.


Abstract

Regional and global assessments periodically update what we know, and highlight what remains to be known, about the linkages between people and nature that both define and depend upon the state of the environment. To guide research that better informs policy and practice, we systematically synthesize knowledge gaps from recent assessments of four regions of the globe and three key themes by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. We assess their relevance to global sustainability goals and trace their evolution relative to those identified in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. We found that global sustainability goals cannot be achieved without improved knowledge on feedbacks between social and ecological systems, effectiveness of governance systems and the influence of institutions on the social distribution of ecosystem services. These top research priorities have persisted for the 14 years since the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Our analysis also reveals limited understanding of the role of indigenous and local knowledge in sustaining nature’s benefits to people. Our findings contribute to a policy-relevant and solution-oriented agenda for global, long-term social-ecological research.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2020 23:08
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 02:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment; global sustainability goals; governance systems; socail systems; ecological systems; social-ecological research
Fields of Research (2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0599 Other Environmental Sciences > 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1038/s41893-019-0412-1
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37499

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