Ecosystem Stewardship: Sustainability Strategies for a Rapidly Changing Planet
Chapin, F. Stuart
Carpenter, Stephen R.
Kofinas, Gary P.
Smith, D. Mark Stafford
Young, Oran R.
Grove, J. Morgan
Naylor, Rosamond L.
Swanson, Frederick JNote: Order does not necessarily reflect citation order of authors.
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CitationChapin, F. S., Stephen R. Carpenter, Gary P. Kofinas, et al. 2010. Ecosystem Stewardship: Sustainability Strategies for a Rapidly Changing Planet." Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 25 (4):241-249.
AbstractEcosystem stewardship is an action-oriented framework intended to foster 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. 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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