A recent study on knowledge gaps regarding people-nature relationships offers a glimpse into what sustainability and conservation research might look like in the coming years, showing a possible shift in research priorities. While the functioning of social-ecological systems will remain an important focus, indigenous and local knowledge for the sustainable use and management of nature’s contributions to people are set to increase in importance in future research.
In the study by Mastrangelo et al. (2019) published at the end of last year, a group of social-ecological systems researchers from all over the world identify 708 knowledge gaps and assess their relevance for global sustainability goals. The paper draws on recent assessments by the
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