Social-ecological change : insights from the Southern African program on ecosystem change and society

Show simple item record Biggs, Reinette Clements, Hayley S. Cumming, Graeme S. Cundill, Georgina De Vos, Alta Hamann, Maike Luvuno, Linda Roux, Dirk J. Selomane, Odirilwe Blanchard, Ryan Cockburn, Jessica Dziba, Luthando Esler, Karen J. Fabricius, Christo Henriksson, Rebecka Kotschy, Karen Lindborg, Regina Masterson, Vanessa A. Nel, Jeanne L. O’Farrell, Patrick Palmer, Carolyn G. Pereira, Laura Pollard, Sharon Preiser, Rika Scholes, Robert J. Shackleton, Charlie Shackleton, Sheona Sitas, Nadia Slingsby, Jasper A. Spierenburg, Marja Tengo, Maria Reyers, Belinda 2023-08-07T12:57:24Z 2023-08-07T12:57:24Z 2022-08-14
dc.description.abstract Social-ecological systems (SES) research has emerged as an important area of sustainability science, informing and supporting pressing issues of transformation towards more sustainable, just and equitable futures. To date, much SES research has been done in or from the Global North, where the challenges and contexts for supporting sustainability transformations are substantially different from the Global South. This paper synthesises emerging insights on SES dynamics that can inform actions and advance research to support sustainability transformations specifically in the southern African context. The paper draws on work linked to members of the Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (SAPECS), a leading SES research network in the region, synthesizing key insights with respect to the five core themes of SAPECS: (i) transdisciplinary and engaged research, (ii) ecosystem services and human wellbeing, (iii) governance institutions and management practices, (iv) spatial relationships and cross-scale connections, and (v) regime shifts, traps and transformations. For each theme, we focus on insights that are particularly novel, interesting or important in the southern African context, and reflect on key research gaps and emerging frontiers for SES research in the region going forward. Such place-based insights are important for understanding the variation in SES dynamics around the world, and are crucial for informing a context-sensitive global agenda to foster sustainability transformations at local to global scales. en_US
dc.description.department Future Africa en_US
dc.description.librarian am2023 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Over the course of developing this paper, Reinette Biggs has been supported through a Society in Science Branco Weiss Fellowship; the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) (grant 98766); the SIDA-funded Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development (GRAID) project; and a Young Researchers Grant from the Vetenskapsrådet in Sweden (grant 621-2014-5137). Hayley Clements is funded by a Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant and Kone Foundation. Laura Pereira is partially funded by the National Research Foundation of South Africa (grant 115300). Charlie Shackleton is funded by the DSI/NRF SARChI initiative (grant 84379). The RESILIM-O (Resilience in the Limpopo: Olifants) programme was funded by USAID (grant AID 674-A-13-00008) and supported work by Sharon Pollard and Karen Kotschy between 2013 and 2020. Karen Esler acknowledges support through the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology and the Working for Water programme. Regina Lindborg has been funded through the SIDA-programme Linking Public-Private Partnership to Secure Sustainable Water Resources Management. Jessica Cockburn and Alta de Vos have been supported by Rhodes University Research Committee Grants (2020–2022, and 2014–2022, respectively). Graeme Cumming, Alta de Vos and Hayley Clements have been supported by the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence at the FitzPatrick Institute and a complexity scholar award to GC from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. Maike Hamman, Vanessa Masterson, Maria Tengo and Reinette Biggs were supported by a grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Swedish Research Council (VR). Belinda Reyers acknowledges the support of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Reinette Biggs, Hayley S. Clements, Graeme S. Cumming, Georgina Cundill, Alta de Vos, Maike Hamann, Linda Luvuno, Dirk J. Roux, Odirilwe Selomane, Ryan Blanchard, Jessica Cockburn, Luthando Dziba, Karen J. Esler, Christo Fabricius, Rebecka Henriksson, Karen Kotschy, Regina Lindborg, Vanessa A. Masterson, Jeanne L. Nel, Patrick O’Farrell, Carolyn G. Palmer, Laura Pereira, Sharon Pollard, Rika Preiser, Robert J. Scholes, Charlie Shackleton, Sheona Shackleton, Nadia Sitas, Jasper A. Slingsby, Marja Spierenburg, Maria Tengö & Belinda Reyers (2022) Social-ecological change: insights from the Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change and Society, Ecosystems and People, 18:1, 447-468, DOI: 10.1080/26395916.2022.2097478. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2639-5916
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/26395916.2022.2097478
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis Group en_US
dc.rights © 2022 The Author(s). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_US
dc.subject Transdisciplinarity en_US
dc.subject Ecosystem services en_US
dc.subject Human well-being en_US
dc.subject Transformations en_US
dc.subject Global South en_US
dc.subject Social-ecological systems (SES) en_US
dc.subject Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (SAPECS) en_US
dc.title Social-ecological change : insights from the Southern African program on ecosystem change and society en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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