Identifying future research directions for biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability: perspectives from early-career researchers

Md Sarwar Hossain, Sarah J. Pogue, Liz Trenchard, Alexander P. E. Van Oudenhoven, Carla-Leanne Washbourne, Evalyne W. Muiruri, Aleksandra M. Tomczyk, Marina García-Llorente, Rachel Hale, Violeta Hevia, Thomas Adams, Leila Tavallali, Siân de Bell, Marian Pye, Fernando Resende

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We aimed to identify priority research questions in the field of biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability (BESS), based on a workshop held during the NRG BESS Conference for Early Career Researchers on BESS, and to compare these to existing horizon scanning exercises. This work highlights the need for improved data availability through collaboration and knowledge exchange, which, in turn, can support the integrated valuation and sustainable management of ecosystems in response to global change. In addition, clear connectivity among different research themes in this field further emphasizes the need to consider a wider range of topics simultaneously to ensure the sustainable management of ecosystems for human wellbeing. In contrast to other horizon scanning exercises, our focus was more interdisciplinary and more concerned with the limits of sustainability and dynamic relationships between social and ecological systems. The identified questions could provide a framework for researchers, policy makers, funding agencies and the private sector to advance knowledge in biodiversity and ES research and to develop and implement policies to enable sustainable future development.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2017


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