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Key knowledge gaps to achieve global sustainability goals

Mastrángelo, Matías E. ; Pérez-Harguindeguy, Natalia ; Enrico, Lucas ; Bennett, Elena ; Lavorel, Sandra ; Cumming, Graeme S. ; Abeygunawardane, Dilini ; Amarilla, Leonardo D. ; Burkhard, Benjamin and Egoh, Benis N. , et al. (2019) In Nature Sustainability 2(12). p.1115-1121
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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... (More)

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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  abstract     = {<p>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.</p>},
  author       = {Mastrángelo, Matías E. and Pérez-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-García, Angela and Locatelli, Bruno and Martín-López, 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},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {10},
  number       = {12},
  pages        = {1115--1121},
  publisher    = {Nature Publishing Group},
  series       = {Nature Sustainability},
  title        = {Key knowledge gaps to achieve global sustainability goals},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0412-1},
  doi          = {10.1038/s41893-019-0412-1},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {2019},
}