Key features of Complex Adaptive Systems and practical implications for guiding action

Author(s): Preiser, R
Link to CST author(s): Dr Rika Preiser
Year: 2018
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The growing recognition of the intertwinedness of society and the environment is driving a reframing of the conventional divide between social and natural systems and has given rise to the study of social-ecological systems (SES) as being complex adaptive systems. This reframing offers new theoretical frameworks, empirical understanding, and practical heuristics to better respond to the
challenges of the Anthropocene.

In this context, gaining a deeper understanding of the features and patterns of the behaviour of complex adaptive systems would result in innovative and more sustainable SES governance approaches based on integrated knowledge and decision-making strategies that bridge various disciplines and action domains.