Land use decision-making; Multi-stakeholder learning; Trade-offs in ecosystem service flows; Adaptive land governance; Socio-ecological systems; Telecoupling; Bayesian modelling
Junquera Victoria, Grêt-Regamey Adrienne (2019), Crop booms at the forest frontier: Triggers, reinforcing dynamics, and the diffusion of knowledge and norms, in Global Environmental Change
, 57, 101929-101929.
Llopis Jorge C., Harimalala Paul C., Bär Roger, Heinimann Andreas, Rabemananjara Zo Hasina, Zaehringer Julie G. (2019), Effects of protected area establishment and cash crop price dynamics on land use transitions 1990–2017 in north-eastern Madagascar, in Journal of Land Use Science
Zaehringer Julie G., Schneider Flurina, Heinimann Andreas, Messerli Peter (2019), Co-producing Knowledge for Sustainable Development in Telecoupled Land Systems, in Nielsen Jonas, Friis Cecilie (ed.), Springer International Publishing, Cham, 357-381.
Feurer Melanie, Heinimann Andreas, Schneider Flurina, Jurt Christine, Myint Win, Zaehringer Julie Gwendolin (2019), Local Perspectives on Ecosystem Service Trade-Offs in a Forest Frontier Landscape in Myanmar, in Land
, 8(3), 45-45.
Kapsar Kelly, Hovis Ciara, Bicudo da Silva Ramon, Buchholtz Erin, Carlson Andrew, Dou Yue, Du Yueyue, Furumo Paul, Li Yingjie, Torres Aurora, Yang Di, Wan Ho, Zaehringer Julie, Liu Jianguo (2019), Telecoupling Research: The First Five Years, in Sustainability
, 11(4), 1033-1033.
Andriamihaja O. Ravaka, Metz Florence, Zaehringer Julie G., Fischer Manuel, Messerli Peter (2019), Land Competition under Telecoupling: Distant Actors’ Environmental versus Economic Claims on Land in North-Eastern Madagascar, in Sustainability
, 11(3), 851-851.
Roth Sandra I.B., Leiterer Reik, Volpi Michele, Celio Enrico, Schaepman Michael E., Joerg Philip C. (2019), Automated detection of individual clove trees for yield quantification in northeastern Madagascar based on multi-spectral satellite data, in Remote Sensing of Environment
, 221, 144-156.
Carlson Andrew, Zaehringer Julie, Garrett Rachael, Felipe Bicudo Silva Ramon, Furumo Paul, Raya Rey Andrea, Torres Aurora, Gon Chung Min, Li Yingjie, Liu Jianguo (2018), Toward Rigorous Telecoupling Causal Attribution: A Systematic Review and Typology, in Sustainability
, 10(12), 4426-4426.
Boillat Sébastien, Gerber Jean-David, Oberlack Christoph, Zaehringer Julie, Ifejika Speranza Chinwe, Rist Stephan (2018), Distant Interactions, Power, and Environmental Justice in Protected Area Governance: A Telecoupling Perspective, in Sustainability
, 10(11), 3954-3954.
Lundsgaard-Hansen Lara, Schneider Flurina, Zaehringer Julie, Oberlack Christoph, Myint Win, Messerli Peter (2018), Whose Agency Counts in Land Use Decision-Making in Myanmar? A Comparative Analysis of Three Cases in Tanintharyi Region, in Sustainability
, 10(10), 3823-3823.
Zaehringer Julie G., Llopis Jorge C., Latthachack Phokham, Thein Tun Tun, Heinimann Andreas (2018), A novel participatory and remote-sensing-based approach to mapping annual land use change on forest frontiers in Laos, Myanmar, and Madagascar, in Journal of Land Use Science
, 13(1-2), 16-31.
Landscapes on forest fringes in the humid tropics provide powerful examples of the issues discussed in the current debate on Sustainable Development Goals - the global community’s attempt to reconcile human development with increasingly evident planetary boundaries. These social-ecological systems (SESs) not only have to meet the immediate livelihood needs and the broader development aspirations of their local populations. They are also expected to ensure the complex mix of ecosystem service flows that support human well-being locally and provide environmental benefits worldwide. At the same time, global forces have come to outweigh local determinants of land use change in these landscapes. Driven by demands for agricultural expansion and intensification, fuel, carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, and more, these forces consist not only of socio-economic (“globalisation”) or environmental interactions (“teleconnections”), but increasingly encompass combined socio-economic and environmental interactions between two or more distant SESs. This phenomenon, which land change scientists have recently conceptualised under the term “telecoupling”, points to major methodological and empirical research gaps. Telecoupling provides the overall framework of this project, which aims to devise and test innovative strategies and institutional arrangements for securing ecosystem service flows and human well-being in and between telecoupled landscapes. In a first, problem-oriented hypothesis, we stipulate that the capacity of SESs to support ecosystem service flows and human well-being decreases with increasing telecoupling. In other words, the growing distance between supply and demand undermines ecosystem stewardship and SESs’ adaptive capacities. In a second, solution-oriented hypothesis, we acknowledge that the development of resource-rich but poverty-prone SESs nonetheless depends on new alliances with distant actors. We hypothesise that their active participation in land governance can increase SESs’ adaptive capacity and thus support ecosystem service flows and human well-being. Third, we intend to explore concrete opportunities for change and stipulate that transdisciplinary learning among multiple stakeholders opens up pathways to more adaptive governance of telecoupled SES. This project will build on research partnerships in Laos, Myanmar, and Madagascar, linking case study research in concrete contexts with generalisation and modelling, and bridging scientific specialisation with inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration and application. A first work package led by the University of Bern will analyse how telecoupling influences land use decisions, and how these in turn modify the flows of ecosystem services and their impact on human well-being. On that basis, a second work package under the guidance of ETHZ will develop a generic Bayesian network model, which will be parameterised through participatory stakeholder interaction and result in a 3D collaborative virtual platform for understanding land use decision-making. The third work package will translate these general insights into concrete innovations using a structured multi-stakeholder learning process. We intend to fully exploit the benefits of the six-year project duration to reconcile the conflicting objectives of scientific excellence, application, and capacity building. We intend to advance the frontiers of land science through nine specialised PhD studies; interdisciplinary innovation will be provided by three post-doc researchers. Development outcomes are systematically built into the research process, enabling us to address key questions, such as how ecosystem-based development can achieve more than mere poverty alleviation, how opportunities of telecoupling can be harnessed for the benefit of marginalised populations, and how the influence of emerging economies changes the roles of conventional development actors.