A Social-Ecological Systems approach to enhance sustainable farming and forestry in the EU

Dwyer, Janet C ORCID: 0000-0002-2332-9832, Berriet-Solliec, Marielle, Lataste, François-Gaël, Short, Christopher J ORCID: 0000-0003-0429-1143, Maréchal, Anne and Hart, Kaley (2018) A Social-Ecological Systems approach to enhance sustainable farming and forestry in the EU. EuroChoices, 17 (3). pp. 4-10. ISSN 1478-0917

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Abstract

The two concepts of public goods and ecosystem services are often used to describe the same welfare benefits potentially generated by agriculture and forestry, but they originate from different perspectives and each offer only partial analysis of these relationships. A more holistic approach – Social‐Ecological Systems (SES) – has been adapted and applied in new research to understand more fully how the relationships can best be characterised, and beneficial change promoted, through policy reforms and practical action. An important and novel part of the description of a SES, as developed under the PEGASUS project, is the assessment of its ‘valorisation cascade’. Through the mapping and consideration of assets, actors, interactions, drivers and the nature of the valorisation cascade in 34 diverse case studies, the project highlighted the importance of multi‐actor approaches and social processes to foster beneficial change. These include collective action, co‐learning and trust between actors, promoting experimentation and innovation, developing public and/or consumer awareness and identifying new valorisation options, including via commercial supply chains and enhanced community involvement.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable farming; Sustainable forestry; European Union
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S560 Farm Economics
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Katie Hickford
Date Deposited: 11 May 2018 14:02
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 14:32
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5625

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