Human and natural environmental systems are closely linked to each other via the impacts of human actions on the environment, with the resulting changes in the environment having impacts (often not anticipated and unintended) that feedback to the social system. These feedbacks can amplify or dampen the initial impacts of the human activity and influence the sustainability of the socio-environmental system. Therefore, traditional research that solely focuses on either social system impacts on the environment or environmental system changes on human systems cannot provide a holistic understanding of the dynamics of integrated socio-environmental systems (DISES). A new paradigm of research that deals with the social and environmental systems as an integrated holistic system has emerged in recent decades. The new DISES program at the US National Science Foundation supports such research endeavors as a testimony to the importance of such innovative research.
The aim of this symposium is to share cutting-edge thinking about and empirical evidence from ongoing research and to collectively reflect on needs for future research on DISES, including (1) policy, governance, tenure, institutional settings, and their impacts on sustainable natural resource management, (2) mechanisms by which natural resource management influences poor people’s livelihoods, (3) feedbacks to the social system from the environmental system as a result of changes in ecosystem goods and services from natural resource management, and (4) changes in ecosystem goods and services as a result of natural resource management. Studies which focus on more than one of these dimensions are particularly welcome.
Due to the recent surge of Covid-19 cases from the delta variant, the Symposium will be held virtually. The Symposium is free to all who are interested.