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Social relationship dynamics mediate climate impacts on income inequality: evidence from the Mexican Humboldt squid fishery

Elsler, L. G., T. H. Frawley, G.L. Britten, L.B. Crowder, T.C. DuBois, S. Radosavljevic, W.F. Gilly, Elsler, L. G., T. H Frawley, T. H., Britten, G. L., Crowder, L. B., DuBois, T. C., Radosavljevic, S., Gilly, W. F., A.-S. Crépin and M . Schlüter. 2021. Social relationship dynamics mediate climate impacts on income inequality: evidence from the Mexican Humboldt squid fishery. Regional Environmental Change 21(2).

Small-scale fisheries are critically important for livelihoods around the world, particularly in tropical regions. However, climate variability and anthropogenic climate change may seriously impact small-scale fisheries by altering the abundance and distribution of target species. Social relationships between fishery users, such as fish traders, can determine how each individual responds and is affected by changes in fisheries. These informal cooperative and competitive relationships provide access,...

Beijer Discussion Paper
The role of resource dependency for sharing increasingly scarce resources: Evidence from a behavioural experiment with small-scale fishers

Lindahl. T., C. Schill and R. Jarungrattanapong. 2021. Beijer Discussion Paper 276: The role of resource dependency for sharing increasingly scarce resources: Evidence from a behavioural experiment with small-scale fishers. Beijer Discussion Paper Series.

In this paper we investigate to what extent resource dependency, which we here define as having few (or no) options to diversify one’s livelihood, affects how fishers, sharing a common fishing ground, respond to increasing resource scarcity. To this end we run a framed dynamic CPR experiment in Thailand with small-scale fishers, where we observe and compare behavioural responses of fishers that are presented with...

Beijer Discussion Paper
Cascading regime shifts in pollution recipients and resource systems

Anne-Sophie Crépin and Juan Carlos Rocha. 2021. Beijer Discussion Paper 275: Cascading regime shifts in pollution recipients and resource systems. Beijer Discussion Paper Series.

Ecosystems can undergo regime shifts – large, abrupt and persistent changes in their structure and function. These regime shifts can interact with each other creating cascading effects. We explore potential characteristics of such interactions and their outcomes. We focus on two types of systems where regime shifts can substantially influence human welfare and livelihoods: pollution recipients, such as the atmosphere and water bodies, and renewable...

Journal article
Evolving Perspectives of Stewardship in the Seafood Industry

Blasiak, R., A. Dauriach, J-B. Jouffray, C. Folke, H. Österblom, J. Bebbington, F. Bengtsson et. al.. 2021. Evolving Perspectives of Stewardship in the Seafood Industry. Frontiers in Marine Science  09 June 2021.

Humanity has never benefited more from the ocean as a source of food, livelihoods, and well-being, yet on a global scale this has been accompanied by trajectories of degradation and persistent inequity. Awareness of this has spurred policymakers to develop an expanding network of ocean governance instruments, catalyzed civil society pressure on the public and private sector, and motivated engagement by the general public as...

Journal article
Sharing the seas: A review and analysis of ocean sector interactions

Crona, B., E. Wassénius, K. Lillepold, R. Watson, E. Selig, C. Hicks, H. Österblom, C. Folke, J.B. Jouffray and R. Blasiak. 2021. Sharing the seas: A review and analysis of ocean sector interactions. Environmental Research Letters 16 063005.

Ocean activities are rapidly expanding as Blue Economy discussions gain traction, creating new potential synergies and conflicts between sectors. To better manage ocean sectors and their development, we need to understand how they interact and the respective outcomes of these interactions. To provide a first comprehensive picture of the situation, we review 3187 articles to map and analyze interactions between economically important ocean sectors and...

Journal article
The Anthropocene reality of financial risk

Crona, B., C. Folke and V. Galaz. 2021. The Anthropocene reality of financial risk. One Earth 4(5):618-628.

Globally, financial services are well positioned to contribute to the transformation needed for sustainable futures and will be critical for supporting corporate activities that regenerate and promote biosphere resilience as a key strategy to confront the new risk landscape of the Anthropocene. While current financial risk frameworks focus primarily on financial materiality and risks to the financial sector, failure to account for investment externalities will...

Journal article
An ecosystem service perspective on urban nature, physical activity, and health

Remme, R. P., H. Frumkin, A. D. Guerry, A. C. King, L. Mandle, C. Sarabu, G. N. Bratman, B. Giles-Corti, P. Hamel, B. Han, J. L. Hicks, P. James, J. J. Lawler, T. Lindahl, H. Liu, Y. Lu, B. Oosterbroek, B. Paudel, J. F. Sallis, J. Schipperijn, R. Sosič, S. de Vries, B. W. Wheeler, S. A. Wood, T. Wu, and G. C. Daily. 2021. An ecosystem service perspective on urban nature, physical activity, and health. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (22) e2018472118.

Nature underpins human well-being in critical ways, especially in health. Nature provides pollination of nutritious crops, purification of drinking water, protection from floods, and climate security, among other well-studied health benefits. A crucial, yet challenging, research frontier is clarifying how nature promotes physical activity for its many mental and physical health benefits, particularly in densely populated cities with scarce and dwindling access to nature. Here...

Journal article
A 20-year retrospective review of global aquaculture

Naylor R.L., R. W. Hardy, A. H. Buschmann, S. R. Bush, L. Cao, D. H. Klinger, D: C. Little, J. Lubchenco, S. E. Shumway and M. Troell. 2021. A 20-year retrospective review of global aquaculture. Nature 591:551–563.

The sustainability of aquaculture has been debated intensely since 2000, when a review on the net contribution of aquaculture to world fish supplies was published in Nature. This paper reviews the developments in global aquaculture from 1997 to 2017, incorporating all industry sub-sectors and highlighting the integration of aquaculture in the global food system. Inland aquaculture—especially in Asia—has contributed the most to global production volumes and...

Journal article
Our future in the Anthropocene biosphere

Folke, C., Polasky, S., Rockström, J. et al. 2021. Our future in the Anthropocene biosphere. Ambio 50:834–869.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed an interconnected and tightly coupled globalized world in rapid change. This article sets the scientific stage for understanding and responding to such change for global sustainability and resilient societies. We provide a systemic overview of the current situation where people and nature are dynamically intertwined and embedded in the biosphere, placing shocks and extreme events as part of this dynamic;...

Journal article
Fundamentally Redefining Resilience and Development: A Coevolutionary Perspective

Haider, L.J., M. Schlüter, C. Folke, and B. Reyers. 2021. Fundamentally Redefining Resilience and Development: A Coevolutionary Perspective. Ambio https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-020-01485-8.

The interdependence of social and ecological processes is broadly acknowledged in the pursuit to enhance human wellbeing and prosperity for all. Yet, development interventions continue to prioritise economic development and short-term goals with little consideration of social-ecological interdependencies, ultimately undermining resilience and therefore efforts to deliver development outcomes. We propose and advance a coevolutionary perspective for rethinking development and its relationship to resilience. The perspective rests on...