The science-policy interface on ecosystems and people: challenges and opportunities

Patricia Balvanera, Sander Jacobs, Harini Nagendra, Patrick O’Farrell, Peter Bridgewater, Emilie Crouzat, Nicolas Dendoncker, Sean Goodwin, Karin M. Gustafsson, Andrew N. Kadykalo, Cornelia B. Krug, Fernanda Ayaviri Matuk van Matuk, Ram Pandit, Juan Emilio Sala, Matthias Schröter, Carla Leanne Washbourne

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The complex links and feedbacks between ecosystems and people are now sharply in focus. Our growing understandings of the complex relations between ecosystems and people, the social and ecological drivers of changes in nature, and the different dimensions of a good quality of life, from local to global scales, have made these interdependencies ever more visible (IPBES 2019; Díaz et al. 2019). Furthermore, recent studies have revealed how dramatically unsustainable and inequitable the interactions between ecosystems and people are, as a result of a long legacy of consumerism and utilitarianism, patriarchy and colonialism, and the global expansion of production-oriented relationships with nature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-353
Number of pages9
JournalEcosystems and People
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes


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