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Response diversity as a sustainability strategy

Walker, Brian, Crépin, Anne Sophie, Nyström, Magnus, Anderies, John M., Andersson, Erik, Elmqvist, Thomas, Queiroz, Cibele, Barrett, Scott, Bennett, Elena, Cardenas, Juan Camilo, Carpenter, Stephen R., Chapin, F. Stuart, de Zeeuw, Aart, Fischer, Joern, Folke, Carl, Levin, Simon, Nyborg, Karine, Polasky, Stephen, Segerson, Kathleen, Seto, Karen C., Scheffer, Marten, Shogren, Jason F., Tavoni, Alessandro ORCID: 0000-0002-2057-5720, van den Bergh, Jeroen, Weber, Elke U. and Vincent, Jeffrey R. (2023) Response diversity as a sustainability strategy. Nature Sustainability, 6 (6). 621- 629. ISSN 2398-9629

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Identification Number: 10.1038/s41893-022-01048-7


Financial advisers recommend a diverse portfolio to respond to market fluctuations across sectors. Similarly, nature has evolved a diverse portfolio of species to maintain ecosystem function amid environmental fluctuations. In urban planning, public health, transport and communications, food production, and other domains, however, this feature often seems ignored. As we enter an era of unprecedented turbulence at the planetary level, we argue that ample responses to this new reality — that is, response diversity — can no longer be taken for granted and must be actively designed and managed. We describe here what response diversity is, how it is expressed and how it can be enhanced and lost.

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Additional Information: © 2023 Springer Nature Limited.
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2023 16:00
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2024 17:09

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