Social-Ecological Resilience and Biosphere-Based Sustainability Science

June 2016

In this article, the authors exemplify the intertwined nature of social-ecological systems. They regard social-ecological systems as complex adaptive systems and use a social-ecological resilience approach as a lens to address and understand their dynamics.

The authors raise the challenge of stewardship of development jointly with the biosphere for people in diverse contexts and places as critical for long-term sustainability and dignity in human relations. Biosphere stewardship is essential, in the globalised world of interactions with the Earth system, to sustain and enhance our life-supporting environment for human well-being and future human development on Earth, hence, the need to reconnect development to the biosphere foundation and the need for a biosphere-based sustainability science.

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PublisherEcology and Society
ThemesClimate change, Ecosystems perspectives

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