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Sustainability 2017, 9(8), 1486; doi:10.3390/su9081486

Reframing for Sustainability: Exploring Transformative Power of Benefit Sharing

Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, 060099 Halle, Germany
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Received: 14 June 2017 / Revised: 14 August 2017 / Accepted: 17 August 2017 / Published: 22 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Governance for Sustainability)
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It is broadly agreed that development needs and effects from changing environment will increase pressure on the ways natural resources are utilized and shared at present. In most parts of the world, resource stress has already reached unprecedented levels setting resource sustainability high on the policy agenda on multiple governance levels. This paper aims to explain how the benefit sharing approach can help reframe the debate for sustainability, its advantages and disadvantages for transforming governance challenges and adapting to increasing resource stress. We bring together fragmented discussions of benefit sharing from three resource domains: water, land, and biodiversity. Both theoretical and empirical examples are provided to aid understanding of how benefit sharing can facilitate adaptive governance processes in complex socio-ecological systems. The findings highlight importance of integrating the long-term perspective when societies move from volumes toward values of shared natural resources, as well as setting environmental conservation and equitable allocation as the top priority for benefit sharing to be sustainable. View Full-Text
Keywords: benefit sharing; natural resources; conflict; resource stress; transformation; cooperation; adaptive governance; sustainability benefit sharing; natural resources; conflict; resource stress; transformation; cooperation; adaptive governance; sustainability

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Soliev, I.; Theesfeld, I. Reframing for Sustainability: Exploring Transformative Power of Benefit Sharing. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1486.

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