Systems thinking: an approach for understanding ‘eco-agri-food systems’

Zhang, Wei; Gowdy, John; Bassi, Andrea M.; Santamaria, Marta; DeClerck, Fabrice; Adegboyega, Adebiyi; Andersson, Georg K.S.; Augustyn, Anna Maria; Bawden, Richard; Bell, Andrew; Darnhofer, Ika; Dearing, John; Dyke, James; Failler, Pierre; Galetto, Leonardo; Hernández, Carlos Calvo; Johnson, Pierre; Jones, Sarah K.; Kleppel, Gary; Komarek, Adam M.; ... (2018). Systems thinking: an approach for understanding ‘eco-agri-food systems’. In: TEEB for Agriculture & Food: Scientifc and Economic Foundations (pp. 17-55). Geneva: UN Environment

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Chapter 2 makes the case for using systems thinking as a guiding perspective for TEEBAgriFood’s development of a comprehensive Evaluation Framework for the eco-agri-food system. Many dimensions of the eco-agri-food system create complex analytical and policy challenges. Systems thinking allows better understanding and forecasting the outcomes of policy decisions by illuminating how the components of a system are interconnected with one another and how the drivers of change are determined and impacted by feedback loops, delays and non-linear relationships. To establish the building blocks of a theory of change, systems thinking empowers us to move beyond technical analysis and decisiontool toward more integrated approaches that can aid in the forming of a common ground for cultural changes.

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08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability > Unit Land Systems and Sustainable Land Management (LS-SLM)
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Sohel, Sarwar


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Evi Nina Rothenbühler

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