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Identifying future research directions for biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability: perspectives from early-career researchers

Identifying future research directions for biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability: perspectives from early-career researchers
Identifying future research directions for biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability: perspectives from early-career researchers
We aimed to identify priority research questions in the field of biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability (BESS), based on a workshop held during the NRG BESS Conference for Early Career Researchers on BESS, and to compare these to existing horizon scanning exercises. This work highlights the need for improved data availability through collaboration and knowledge exchange, which, in turn, can support the integrated valuation and sustainable management of ecosystems in response to global change. In addition, clear connectivity among different research themes in this field further emphasises the need to consider a wider range of topics simultaneously to ensure the sustainable management of ecosystems for human wellbeing. In contrast to other horizon scanning exercises, our focus was more interdisciplinary and more concerned with the limits of sustainability and dynamic relationships between social and ecological systems. The identified questions could provide a framework for researchers, policy makers, funding agencies and the private sector to advance knowledge in biodiversity and ES research and to develop and implement policies to enable sustainable future development.
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Pogue, Sarah J.
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Washbourne, Carla-Leanne
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Muiruri, Evalyne W.
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García-Llorente, Marina
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Hale, Rachel
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Adams, Tom
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Tavallali, Leila
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de Bell, Siân
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Pye, Marian
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Resende, Fernando
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Hossain, Md Sarwar, Pogue, Sarah J., Trenchard, Liz, Van Oudenhoven, Alexander P.E., Washbourne, Carla-Leanne, Muiruri, Evalyne W., Tomczyk, Aleksandra M., García-Llorente, Marina, Hale, Rachel, Hevia, Violeta, Adams, Tom, Tavallali, Leila, de Bell, Siân, Pye, Marian and Resende, Fernando (2017) Identifying future research directions for biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability: perspectives from early-career researchers. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. (doi:10.1080/13504509.2017.1361480).

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We aimed to identify priority research questions in the field of biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability (BESS), based on a workshop held during the NRG BESS Conference for Early Career Researchers on BESS, and to compare these to existing horizon scanning exercises. This work highlights the need for improved data availability through collaboration and knowledge exchange, which, in turn, can support the integrated valuation and sustainable management of ecosystems in response to global change. In addition, clear connectivity among different research themes in this field further emphasises the need to consider a wider range of topics simultaneously to ensure the sustainable management of ecosystems for human wellbeing. In contrast to other horizon scanning exercises, our focus was more interdisciplinary and more concerned with the limits of sustainability and dynamic relationships between social and ecological systems. The identified questions could provide a framework for researchers, policy makers, funding agencies and the private sector to advance knowledge in biodiversity and ES research and to develop and implement policies to enable sustainable future development.

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Accepted/In Press date: 23 July 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 9 August 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 412755
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/412755
ISSN: 1350-4509
PURE UUID: e287b3c5-f5d3-48eb-b397-4e6ddbc9af46
ORCID for Rachel Hale: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5079-5954

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Date deposited: 01 Aug 2017 16:31
Last modified: 10 Jan 2022 05:18

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Author: Md Sarwar Hossain
Author: Sarah J. Pogue
Author: Liz Trenchard
Author: Alexander P.E. Van Oudenhoven
Author: Carla-Leanne Washbourne
Author: Evalyne W. Muiruri
Author: Aleksandra M. Tomczyk
Author: Marina García-Llorente
Author: Rachel Hale ORCID iD
Author: Violeta Hevia
Author: Tom Adams
Author: Leila Tavallali
Author: Siân de Bell
Author: Marian Pye
Author: Fernando Resende

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