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Governance across Space: Discovering Principles of Equity and Sustainability to Conserve Migratory Species within Telecoupled Social Environmental Systems

Project Leader
Mattsson Brady, Project Leader
NSF - Subaward (UA)
Type of Research
Basic Research

Further information:

Windt Jendrik, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management
Funded by
National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, 22314 Alexandria, Virginia, United States (USA)
Socio-environmental systems are connected across space via telecouplings—the phenomena by which social and ecological and processes in one place affect societies and ecosystems in other parts of the globe. Throughout human history, telecouplings have impacted human societies. For example, in the late 1800s Austrian hunters protested when Italian farmers drained wetland habitats for migratory waterfowl, thereby impacting their hunting. Recently, demand for soybeans in Asia is leading to deforestation and the disruption of Indigenous livelihoods in the Amazon. Currently, most of the world’s pressing environmental problems are telecoupled, and we now have the scientific tools to recognize and quantify these connections. Today’s challenge is to determine if and how to create governance systems that link ecological and societal outcomes in one location with management in other locations. Our research addresses this critical need. We study the telecoupled socio-environmental systems migratory species to (i) determine the conditions under which telecoupled governance arises and (ii) ascertain if telecoupled governance leads to more ecologically sustainable and societally equitable outcomes.
Mathematical modelling; Animal ecology ; Landscape conservation; Game management; Environmental sociology;
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