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Resilience and Sustainable Development – Theory of Resilience, Systems Thinking and Adaptive Governance

Resilience thinking is inevitably systems thinking at least as much as sustainable development is. In fact, “when considering systems of humans and nature (social-ecological systems) it is important to consider the system as a whole. The human domain and the … Continue reading

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Learning for Resilience? – Exploring Learning Opportunities in Biosphere Reserves

The interdependence of society and nature, the inherent complexity of social–ecological systems, and the global deterioration of ecosystem services provide the rationale for a growing body of literature focusing on social–ecological resilience – the capacity to cope with, adapt to … Continue reading

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Indigenous and Scientific Knowledge: some critical comments

The distinction between indigenous and Western/scientific knowledge can present problems for those who believe in the significance of indigenous knowledge for development. This article examines some of the contradictions and ironies involved in accenting the importance of indigenous knowledge, with … Continue reading

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Indigenous Knowledge for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development

Indigenous knowledge can play a key role in the design of sustainable agricultural systems, increasing the likelihood that rural populations will accept, develop, and maintain innovations and interventions. They have names for many different kinds of plants, ways to diagnose … Continue reading

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Clarifying differences and similarities between Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development

The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) charges educators with a key role in developing and ‘securing sustainable life chances, aspirations and futures for young people’. Environmental Education (EE) and ESD share a vision of quality education and … Continue reading

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The Search for “Sustainable Development” – Pathways As a New Degree of Institutional Reflexivity

The realization of “sustainable development” tends to increasingly be thought of in terms of a necessary transition to achieve. The objective of this article is to understand how this perspective, while penetrating the institutional spheres, has become a catalyst for … Continue reading

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Complexity Theory for a Sustainable Future

Complexity theory illuminates the many interactions between natural and social systems, providing a better understanding of the general principles that can help solve some of today’s most pressing environmental issues. Complexity theory was developed from key ideas in economics, physics, … Continue reading

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Indigenous Knowledge, Peoples and Sustainable Practice

Indigenous knowledge is entering into the mainstream of sustainable development and biodiversity conservation discourse. Article 8(j) of the Convention of Biological Diversity (Rio, 1992) has contributed to this process by requiring signatories to: “respect, preserve and maintain knowledge, innovations and … Continue reading

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Winning games

The games we play have been played under the assumption that the unit of survival is the individual, a team of people or a company. However, the reality is that the unit of survival is the players in the game … Continue reading

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Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship

This volume considers the timely issues of social and sustainable entrepreneurship. The chapters consider in depth the issues, problems, contexts, and processes that make entrepreneurial enterprises more social and/or sustainable. Top researchers from a diverse set of perspectives have contributed … Continue reading

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