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A biosphere-based sustainability science that sees people and nature as interdependent social-ecological systems provides exciting opportunities for societal development in tune with the biosphere. This talk will discuss challenges and opportunities of stewardship of the biosphere for human wellbeing and sustainability and the role of PECS research in this context.
About Garry Peterson
Garry Peterson is Professor in Environmental Sciences with key focus on resilience in social-ecological systems. While people depend upon the benefits they receive from nature, our actions are undercutting the ability of nature to produce these benefits. Dr. Peterson's research addresses this problem by working to improve people's ability to ensure a reliable supply of the ecosystem services that support human well-being. He uses complex systems theory, spatial analysis, and the synthesis of social and ecological data, to develop theory and practical understanding that people can use to better manage the ecosystems they live within.
The Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), is a Future Earth core-project (jointly sponsored by ICSU and UNESCO). PECS aims to integrate research on the stewardship of social–ecological systems, the services they generate, and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.