Ecosystem stewardship: sustainability strategies for a rapidly changing planet

Date

2010

Authors

Chapin, Stuart
Carpenter, Stephen R
Kofinas, Gary P
Folke, Carl
Abel, Nick
Clark, William C
Olsson, Per
Stafford Smith, Mark
Walker, Brian
Young, Oran R.

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Elsevier

Abstract

Ecosystem stewardship is an action-oriented framework intended to foster the social-ecological sustainability of a rapidly changing planet. Recent developments identify three strategies that make optimal use of current understanding in an environment of inevitable uncertainty and abrupt change: reducing the magnitude of, and exposure and sensitivity to, known stresses; focusing on proactive policies that shape change; and avoiding or escaping unsustainable social-ecological traps. As we discuss here, all social-ecological systems are vulnerable to recent and projected changes but have sources of adaptive capacity and resilience that can sustain ecosystem services and human well-being through active ecosystem stewardship.

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Keywords: action plan; ecosystem approach; ecosystem resilience; ecosystem service; environmentalism; management practice; strategic approach; sustainability; climate change; ecosystem; environmental protection; human; methodology; review; Climate Change; Conservat

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Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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Journal article

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DOI

10.1016/j.tree.2009.10.008

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2037-12-31