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

Vasseur, Liette; Horning, Darwin; Thornbush, Mary; Cohen-Shacham, Emmanuelle; Andrade, Angela; Barrow, Ed; Edwards, Steve R.; Wit, Piet; Jones, Mike


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.


Conservation; Ecosystems; Environmental degradation; Governance; International conventions; Sustainability

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AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment
2017, Volym: 46, nummer: 7, sidor: 731-742

    Associerade SLU-program

    SLU Swedish Biodiversity Centre

    UKÄ forskningsämne

    Environmental Sciences

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