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Science on ecosystems and people to support the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework

Matthias Schröter, Marta Berbés-Blázquez, Christian Albert, Rosemary Hill, Torsten Krause, Jacqueline Loos, Lelani M. Mannetti, Berta Martín-López, Amrita Neelakantan, John A. Parrotta, Cristina Quintas-Soriano, David J. Abson, Rob Alkemade, Bas Amelung,
Publication: Ecosystems and People
2023 - Journal Articles

This journal article highlights the relevance of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2022. The article emphasises the importance of the GBF in guiding international biodiversity conservation efforts until 2030, with the ultimate goal of achieving a harmonious coexistence with nature by 2050. It also acknowledges the role of the global scholarly community in contributing insights to support biodiversity strategies and action plans.

Varieties of just transition: Public support in South Africa’s Mpumalanga coal community for different policy options

Nthabiseng Mohlakoana, Muhammed Lokhat, Nives Dolsak, Aseem Prakash
Publication: PLOS Climate
2023 - Journal Articles

This article delves into the intricate dynamics of public opinion regarding “Just Transition” policies in South Africa’s coal mining sector. As the world strives for decarbonization, the study explores how these policies, designed to compensate communities impacted by the shift away from fossil fuels, can garner political support. By conducting in-depth interviews with coal miners, power plant workers, and community members in Mpumalanga province, the researchers uncover key insights.

Critical pedagogical designs for SETS knowledge co-production: online peer- and problem-based learning by and for early career green infrastructure experts

Feagan, M., Fork, M., Gray, G. et al.
Publication: Urban Transformations
2023 - Journal Articles

Despite a growing understanding of the importance of knowledge co-production for just and sustainable urban transformations, early career green infrastructure experts typically lack opportunities to practice transdisciplinary knowledge co-production approaches within their normal training and professional development. This paper explores how pedagogical designs can help create favourable conditions for transdisciplinary knowledge co-production.

The Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change and Society: an emergent community of practice

R. O. Biggs et al.
Publication: Ecosystems and People
2023 - Journal Articles

This paper reflects on experiences in building the SAPECS community, with the aim of supporting the development of similar networks elsewhere in the world, particularly in the Global South.

Managing biodiversity in the Anthropocene: discussing the Nature Futures Framework as a tool for adaptive decision‐making for nature under climate change

Palacios-Abrantes et al.
Publication: Sustainability Science
2022 - Journal Articles

This article discusses how conservation approaches to social-ecological systems have historically prioritised preserving nature for its instrumental societal benefits, neglecting the complex relationship between humans and nature and the impact of climate change. The Nature Futures Framework (NFF) offers an alternative perspective, which emphasises the diverse positive values of nature and its contribution to people.

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