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Nature contribution to adaptation: insights from examples of the transformation of social-ecological systems

Colloff, Matthew; Wise, Russell M; Palomo, Ignacio; Lavorel, S; Pascual, Unai

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Transformation of social-ecological systems due to climate change requires, transformative adaptation responses. We propose the concept of nature’s contribution to adaptation (NCA; previously called adaptation services), to reveal properties of ecosystems that provide options for future livelihoods and adaptation to transformative change. Knowledge about the capacity of ecosystems to supply NCA can inform decisions by revealing options for adaptation. We analysed eight historical and...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorColloff, Matthew
dc.contributor.authorWise, Russell M
dc.contributor.authorPalomo, Ignacio
dc.contributor.authorLavorel, S
dc.contributor.authorPascual, Unai
dc.date.accessioned2022-10-06T04:09:23Z
dc.date.available2022-10-06T04:09:23Z
dc.identifier.issn2639-5908
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/274323
dc.description.abstractTransformation of social-ecological systems due to climate change requires, transformative adaptation responses. We propose the concept of nature’s contribution to adaptation (NCA; previously called adaptation services), to reveal properties of ecosystems that provide options for future livelihoods and adaptation to transformative change. Knowledge about the capacity of ecosystems to supply NCA can inform decisions by revealing options for adaptation. We analysed eight historical and contemporary case studies of transformative adaptation and found that the five cases with medium-high degree of adaptation and use of NCA showed evidence of participative learning and co-production of adaptation options, low values contestation, low power imbalances and well-developed governance arrangements. These variables indicated that communities engaged in adaptation had ownership and agency to change how they thought and acted to implement transformative adaptation. We found the use of NCAs enabled transformative adaptation by helping people overcome current decision constraints imposed by societal values, institutional rules, or knowledge deficits to create novel options and re-frame decision contexts. The NCA concept can be applied to (1) help resolve uncertainties about nature’s contributions to people under environmental change; (2) reveal ecosystem properties of value for adaptation, but which are marginalised in current, dominant knowledge frameworks and decision-making; (3) act as a ‘boundary object’ for participative learning and co-production of adaptation options. Thus, the NCA concept represents a pragmatic, optimistic approach for societal adaptation to ecosystem transformation, countering feelings of despair that accompany the acceptance of irreversible, unavoidable loss of current ecosystem states and associated nature’s contributions to people.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was funded in part by CSIRO Land and Water. SL acknowledges support from the CSIRO Visiting Scientist Program and the French Agence Nationale pour la Recherche for MntnPaths (ANR-16-CE93-0008-01) and Investissements d’Avenir CDP Trajectories (ANR-15- IDEX-02). UP and IP acknowledge support from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, under BC3 ‘Unit of excellence’ (MIMECO, MDM-2017- 0714). IP was also supported by grant IJCI-2016–28475.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis Group
dc.rights© 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.sourceEcosystems and People
dc.subjectClimate change
dc.subjecttransformative adaptation
dc.subjectadaptation options
dc.subjectvaluesrules-knowledge
dc.subjectecosystem-based adaptation
dc.subjectnature’s contribution to people
dc.subjectecosystem transformation
dc.titleNature contribution to adaptation: insights from examples of the transformation of social-ecological systems
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume16
dc.date.issued2020
local.identifier.absfor410103 - Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB15442
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.routledge.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationColloff, Matthew, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWise, Russell M, CSIRO
local.contributor.affiliationPalomo, Ignacio, CNRS-Universite Grenoble Alpes
local.contributor.affiliationLavorel, S, CNRS
local.contributor.affiliationPascual, Unai, University of the Basque Country
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage137
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage150
local.identifier.doi10.1080/26395916.2020.1754919
local.identifier.absseo190101 - Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
dc.date.updated2021-11-28T07:21:25Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85084379087
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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