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Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems

Climate Change, Social Changes, Technological Development

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Sustainable landscape management based on cultural ecosystem services

Igone Palacios-Agundez / Lorena Peña / Ibone Ametzaga-Arregi / Gloria Rodríguez-Loinaz / Miren Onaindia
Published Online: 2017-12-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cass-2017-0009


To sustain cultural ecosystem services and cultural heritage it is important to go in depth in the science policy interface, because efficient governance mechanisms emerge from the cooperation of scientists and practitioners. In the Basque Country, we are on the road towards adaptive and resilient landscape management through an integrative approach that enhances the link between science, policy-making and society. Key elements of this approach are: The establishment from the outset of a transdisciplinar community of practice; the creation of specific transdisciplinar working groups to go in depth with concrete applicability measures; a strong outreach strategy and educational programs development; and last but not least, the involvement of stakeholders at multiple stage of the process. Diverse research lines are carried out during the process (e.g. mapping ecosystems services, analyzing social perceptions), whose results are combined to help identify response options for sustainable landscape. Relevant policy implementations of the results of this broad research are already taking place in the Basque Country. The proved utility of this working mechanism makes key agents to continue involved, and to attract more agents into the process. These transdisciplinary processes facilitate the creation of synergies and win-win solutions towards sustainable management of cultural ecosystem services.

Keywords: Transdisciplinar; community of practice; collaborative work; science-policy interface; Ecosystem services


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Received: 2016-11-14

Accepted: 2017-09-05

Published Online: 2017-12-29

Published in Print: 2017-12-20

Citation Information: Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 103–110, ISSN (Online) 2300-3669, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cass-2017-0009.

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