Framing natural assets for advancing sustainability research: translating different perspectives into actions

Martinez-Harms, Maria Jose; Gelcich, Stefan; Krug, Rainer M.; Maseyk, Fleur J. F.; Moersberger, Hannah; Rastogi, Archi; Wambugu, Geoffrey; Krug, Cornelia B.; Spehn, Eva M.; Pascual, Unai (2018). Framing natural assets for advancing sustainability research: translating different perspectives into actions. Sustainability science, 13(6), pp. 1519-1531. Springer 10.1007/s11625-018-0599-5

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Sustainability is a key challenge for humanity in the context of complex and unprecedented global changes. Future Earth, an international research initiative aiming to advance global sustainability science, has recently launched knowledge--action networks (KANs) as mechanisms for delivering its research strategy. The research initiative is currently developing a KAN on ``natural assets'' to facilitate and enable action-oriented research and synthesis towards natural assets sustainability. `Natural assets' has been adopted by Future Earth as an umbrella term aiming to translate and bridge across different knowledge systems and different perspectives on peoples' relationships with nature. In this paper, we clarify the framing of Future Earth around natural assets emphasizing the recognition on pluralism and identifying the challenges of translating different visions about the role of natural assets, including via policy formulation, for local to global sustainability challenges. This understanding will be useful to develop inter-and transdisciplinary solutions for human--environmental problems by (i) embracing richer collaborative decision processes and building bridges across different perspectives; (ii) giving emphasis on the interactions between biophysical and socioeconomic drivers affecting the future trends of investments and disinvestments in natural assets; and (iii) focusing on social equity, power relationships for effective application of the natural assets approach. This understanding also intends to inform the scope of the natural asset KAN's research agenda to mobilize the translation of research into co-designed action for sustainability.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Plant Ecology
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)

UniBE Contributor:

Spehn, Eva Maria

Subjects:

500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)

ISSN:

1862-4065

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Peter Alfred von Ballmoos-Haas

Date Deposited:

31 Jan 2019 08:37

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 08:31

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11625-018-0599-5

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PubMed ID:

30546485

Uncontrolled Keywords:

sustainability; knowledge exchange; ecosystem services; natural capital; human actions

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.122684

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/122684

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