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Rethinking Sustainability Monitoring in the Arctic by Linking Resilience and Sustainable Development in Socially-Oriented Observations: A Perspective

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Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, 119017 Moscow, Russia
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ARCTI Center, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614, USA
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Institute of Agricultural Economy, Russian Academy Sciences, 119017 Moscow, Russia
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Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 177; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010177
Received: 19 September 2020 / Revised: 16 December 2020 / Accepted: 21 December 2020 / Published: 27 December 2020
Monitoring of social-ecological systems dynamics and sustainability is of high importance in a rapidly changing Arctic. The goal of this essay is to discuss and articulate the principles for designing a suitable Arctic sustainability monitoring framework based on the convergence between resilience thinking and sustainable development paradigms. We propose to integrate sustainability monitoring into the socially-oriented observations (SOO) methodologies in order to design Arctic sustainability monitoring as a transdisciplinary participatory activity that results in both co-production of sustainability knowledge and building more sustainable and resilient Arctic social-ecological systems by enabling continuous observation and informed decision-making. Special attention is given to approaches for developing sustainability indicators to monitor trends in Arctic social-ecological systems. It is argued that sustainability monitoring is a valuable component of the Arctic sustainability knowledge system that integrates social and natural sciences and engages Indigenous, local, and traditional knowledge, entrepreneurship, education, and decision-making. Bringing together diverse knowledge systems is the primary route to collectively pursue sustainability in a holistic, polycentric, multifaceted, participatory, and knowledge-driven manner. Transdisciplinary SOO approaches and methods are specifically discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: Arctic; sustainability; monitoring; social-ecological system; indicators; transdisciplinary approaches; socially-oriented observations Arctic; sustainability; monitoring; social-ecological system; indicators; transdisciplinary approaches; socially-oriented observations
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Vlasova, T.; Petrov, A.N.; Volkov, S. Rethinking Sustainability Monitoring in the Arctic by Linking Resilience and Sustainable Development in Socially-Oriented Observations: A Perspective. Sustainability 2021, 13, 177. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010177

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Vlasova T, Petrov AN, Volkov S. Rethinking Sustainability Monitoring in the Arctic by Linking Resilience and Sustainable Development in Socially-Oriented Observations: A Perspective. Sustainability. 2021; 13(1):177. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010177

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Vlasova, Tatiana, Andrey N. Petrov, and Sergey Volkov. 2021. "Rethinking Sustainability Monitoring in the Arctic by Linking Resilience and Sustainable Development in Socially-Oriented Observations: A Perspective" Sustainability 13, no. 1: 177. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010177

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