Sustainable coastal social-ecological systems: how do we define “coastal”?

Hossain, Md. Sarwar; Gain, Animesh K.; Rogers, Kimberly G. (2020). Sustainable coastal social-ecological systems: how do we define “coastal”? International journal of sustainable development & world ecology, 27(7), pp. 577-582. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/13504509.2020.1789775

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Coastal social-ecological systems (SES) are home to over 500 million people and one of the most productive and diverse ecosystems in the world. In recent years, coastal SES are experiencing severe threat from an increasing population, resource exploitation, and global environmental change (e.g. climate change), which have devastating societal impacts in coastal areas. Despite several global, national, and local initiatives, there is a growing consensus that coastal resources are depleting and increasing conflicts in coastal areas. Recognizing the global call to understand social–ecological interactions for implementing development practices, this special issue features a suite (seven) of articles advancing the understanding of the sustainability of social and ecological interactions within coastal areas through theoretical SES approaches and related analytical methods. In this editorial of this special issue, we also argued that coastal area needs to define from SES perspectives, which have received less attention compared to ecological and social perspectives. We hope that this special issue will stimulate the debate and further thinking of how coastal SES can be managed sustainably by conceptualizing and understanding the complex dynamics (interaction, feedback) of SES.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Sohel, Sarwar


900 History > 910 Geography & travel




Taylor & Francis


[UNSPECIFIED] Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 796994




MD Sarwar Hossain Sohel

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04 Aug 2020 07:18

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13 Sep 2020 02:51

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