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Linking concepts of change and ecosystem services research: A systematic review

Rau, Anna-Lena; Bickel, Manuel; Rathgens, Julius; Schroth, Thilo; Weiser, Annika; Hilser, Stefan; Jenkins, Shona; McCrory, Gavin; Pfefferle, Nicole and Roitsch, Dennis, et al. (2018) In Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems 4. p.33-45
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Transformation, transition and regime shift are increasingly applied concepts in the academic literature to describe changes in society and the environment. Ecosystem services represent one framework that includes the implicit aim of supporting transformation towards a more sustainable system. Nevertheless, knowledge and systematic reviews on the use of these concepts within ecosystem services research are so far lacking. Therefore, we present a systematic literature review to analyse the interlinkages between these concepts and ecosystem services. Using a search string we identified 258 papers that we analysed based on 40 review criteria. Our results show that transformation was mentioned most often (197 articles), followed by transition... (More)
Transformation, transition and regime shift are increasingly applied concepts in the academic literature to describe changes in society and the environment. Ecosystem services represent one framework that includes the implicit aim of supporting transformation towards a more sustainable system. Nevertheless, knowledge and systematic reviews on the use of these concepts within ecosystem services research are so far lacking. Therefore, we present a systematic literature review to analyse the interlinkages between these concepts and ecosystem services. Using a search string we identified 258 papers that we analysed based on 40 review criteria. Our results show that transformation was mentioned most often (197 articles), followed by transition (183 articles) and regime shifts (43 articles). Moreover, there is no consolidation of these concepts. Only 13% of all articles gave definitions for the three concepts. These definitions strongly overlapped in their use. Moreover, most papers described changes that happened in the past (73%). We conclude that research would benefit from being directed towards the future rather than evaluating what has happened in the past. Based on our results, we present: i) clear definitions for the three concepts; and ii) a framework highlighting the interlinkages between the ecosystem services cascade and the concepts of change. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Transformation, transition and regime shift are increasingly applied concepts in the academic literature to describe changes in society and the environment. Ecosystem services represent one framework that includes the implicit aim of supporting transformation towards a more sustainable system. Nevertheless, knowledge and systematic reviews on the use of these concepts within ecosystem services research are so far lacking. Therefore, we present a systematic literature review to analyse the interlinkages between these concepts and ecosystem services. Using a search string we identified 258 papers that we analysed based on 40 review criteria. Our results show that transformation was mentioned most often (197 articles), followed by transition (183 articles) and regime shifts (43 articles). Moreover, there is no  consolidation of these concepts. Only 13% of all articles gave definitions for the three concepts. These definitions strongly overlapped in their use. Moreover, most papers described changes that happened in the past (73%). We conclude that research would benefit from being directed towards the future rather than evaluating what has happened in the past. Based on our results, we present: i) clear definitions for the three concepts; and ii) a framework highlighting the interlinkages between the ecosystem services cascade and the concepts of change.},
  author       = {Rau, Anna-Lena and Bickel, Manuel and Rathgens, Julius and Schroth, Thilo and Weiser, Annika and Hilser, Stefan and Jenkins, Shona and McCrory, Gavin and Pfefferle, Nicole and Roitsch, Dennis and Stålhammar, Sanna and Villada, Danna and Wamsler, Christine and Krause, Torsten and von Wehrden, Henrik},
  issn         = {2300-3669},
  keyword      = {ecosystem service,transformation,transition,regime shift,change,dynamic},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {33--45},
  series       = {Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems},
  title        = {Linking concepts of change and ecosystem services research: A systematic review},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/cass-2018-0004},
  volume       = {4},
  year         = {2018},
}