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Halting biodiversity loss: how social–ecological biodiversity research makes a difference

Mehring, Marion, Bernard, Barbara, Hummel, Diana, Liehr, Stefan, Lux, Alexandra
TheInternational journal of biodiversity science, ecosystem services & management 2017 v.13 no.1 pp. 172-180
biodiversity, environmental policy, natural resources conservation, politics, research
In 2010, there was a bold commitment to take action in halting global biodiversity loss by 2020. Now, half way through the Convention on Biological Diversity strategic plan 2011–2020, the success of the mission is under discussion. With the Twelfth Conference of the Parties attesting a lack of action, attention is now focused on the science–policy interface. This article offers a critical examination of the current debate on the science–policy interface and its implications for biodiversity research. The aim is to demonstrate the need for a social–ecological perspective. First, we argue that there is not only a lack of action but also a lack of knowledge. Second, we present social–ecological systems as a common framework for biodiversity research. Third, we explain the potential of transdisciplinarity in biodiversity research. We finish by calling for a decisive turning point to consider the hybrid notions of biodiversity in science, politics and conservation activities.EDITED BY Berta Martín-López