THE SPATIAL DYNAMICS OF PEOPLE & NATURE
CONNECTING THE GLOBAL, THE LOCAL, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
By 2020, an enhanced understanding of the complex, interdependent spatial and temporal relationships between people and nature will comprehensively inform landscape and seascape decisions and policy.
Effective conservation planning and decision-making require an understanding of the dynamic relationship between people and nature across spatial and temporal scales. Failure to fully integrate the social sciences within conservation planning, however, has resulted in simplistic plans that do not fully account for the social drivers of land use change, the social processes that lead to conservation, and the social consequences of conservation interventions. Through this initiative, CI will advance the frontiers of conservation science through richer understanding of social drivers of landscape/seascape dynamics, the impacts of conservation interventions on these drivers and dynamics, and the implications of these processes for people and nature. These advances will help CI and others to formulate plans and policies that better advance progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly through landscape-to-global spatial analyses, scenarios, and decision-support tools. This effort will build upon CI’s longstanding investments in spatial planning, rapid assessments, participatory GIS, and other spatial research activities. The outcomes of this work will include new methods, new capacities, and greater benefits to both people and nature.
Develop and test spacial analysis methods that link social and ecological systems.
Ensure strategies & processes are in place to support field divisions at the coal face of spatial planning.
Enhance CI capacity to map & spatially analyze stakeholder preferences, resource use patterns, & socio-ecological dynamics.
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