Interconnected place-based social-ecological research can inform global sustainability

Balvanera Patricia, Calderón-Contreras Rafael, Castro Antonio J., Felipe-Lucia María R., Geijzendorffer Ilse R., Jacobs Sander, Martin-Lopez Berta, Arbieu Ugo, Ifejika Speranza Chinwe, Locatelli Bruno, Pérez Harguindeguy Natalia, Ruiz Mercado Ilse, Spierenburg Marja, Vallet Ameline, Lynes Laura, Gillson Lindsey. 2017. Interconnected place-based social-ecological research can inform global sustainability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 29 : pp. 1-7.

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Abstract : Global sustainability initiatives are gaining momentum and impact, and place-based research can provide complementary insights to strengthen them. Here, we explore the current and potential role of place-based research into informing global sustainability initiatives by assessing the strengths, challenges, and opportunities. We show that place-based research allows for a better understanding of global social–ecological dynamics, and that transformations towards sustainability are often triggered at the local scale through the co-construction of local solutions. We discuss that the very nature of place-based research can hinder its transferability because its global integration faces temporal, spatial and governance scale mismatches, and we identify some of the key challenges of scaling-up its findings. We highlight new opportunities to mainstream place-based research that are emerging from first, long-term networks of place-based research, second, new institutional research settings that contribute with conceptual comprehensive frameworks and capacity building tools, third, a global community of practice, and fourth, the concept of region as a bridge between local and global sustainability initiatives. We believe that the time is ripe to promote the role of place-based social–ecological research as a key contributor to achieve global sustainability goals. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Développement durable, Gouvernance, Décentralisation, approches participatives, cooperation public-privé, Sociologie rurale, Communauté rurale, gestion des ressources naturelles, Utilisation des terres

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
E14 - Development economics and policies
E50 - Rural sociology

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2014-2018) - Sociétés, natures et territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Balvanera Patricia, UNAM (MEX)
  • Calderón-Contreras Rafael, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (MEX)
  • Castro Antonio J., University of Idaho (USA)
  • Felipe-Lucia María R., University of Bern (CHE)
  • Geijzendorffer Ilse R., La Tour du Valat, Centre de recherche pour la conservation des zones humides méditerranéennes (FRA)
  • Jacobs Sander, INBO (BEL)
  • Martin-Lopez Berta, Leuphana Universität (DEU)
  • Arbieu Ugo, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (DEU)
  • Ifejika Speranza Chinwe, University of Bern (CHE)
  • Locatelli Bruno, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (PER) ORCID: 0000-0003-2983-1644
  • Pérez Harguindeguy Natalia, Multidisciplinary Institute of Plant Sciences (ARG)
  • Ruiz Mercado Ilse, UNAM (MEX)
  • Spierenburg Marja, Radboud University (NLD)
  • Vallet Ameline, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA)
  • Lynes Laura, The Rockies Institute (CAN)
  • Gillson Lindsey, African Climate and Development Initiative (ZAF)

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