An Eco-GAME meta-evaluation of existing methods for the appreciation of ecosystem services / Sustainability Journal

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9 lokakuu 2020

  • Sajeva, M., M.Maidell, J. Kotta and A. Peterson (2020). An Eco-GAME meta-evaluation of existing methods for the appreciation of ecosystem services. Sustainability Journal, MDPI. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service: Challenges for the Future.

    The isolation of science disciplines and the weak integration between science, policy and society represent main challenges for sustainable human development. If, on the one hand, the specialization of science has produced higher levels of knowledge, on the other hand, the whole picture of the complex interactions between systems has suffered. Economic and natural sciences are, on matters of sustainable development, strongly divergent, and the interface informing decision-making is weak. This downplays uncertainty and creates room for entrenched political positions, compromising evidence-based decision-making and putting the urgent need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of Agenda 2030 at risk. This article presents the heterodox Eco-GAME framework for interconnecting science through trans-disciplinary social-learning and meta-evaluation of scientific knowledge in pursuit of SDGs. The framework is tested and refined in the BONUS MARES project by systematic literature analysis, participatory workshops, and semi-structured interviews, in relation to the specific habitats of Baltic Sea mussel reefs, seagrass beds and macroalgae ecosystem services produced and methods applied. The results, acknowledging the urgency of interfacing science, policy and society, validate the Eco-GAME as a framework for this purpose and present a multi-dimensional system of indicators as a further development. View Full-Text

    Keywords: quality evaluation of scientific information; science integration; evidence-based decision-making; sustainable development; ecosystem services; meta-evaluation