Action-orientated research and framework: insights from the French long-term social-ecological research network

Type Article
Date 2019-09
Language English
Author(s) Bretagnolle Vincent1, Benoit Marc2, 3, Bonnefond Mathieu4, Breton Vincent5, Church Jon M.6, Gaba Sabrina7, 8, Gilbert Daniel9, Gillet François9, 10, Glatron Sandrine11, 12, Guerbois Chloé13, 14, Lamouroux Nicolas15, Lebouvier Marc16, Mazé Camille17, Mouchel Jean-Marie18, Ouin Annie19, 20, Pays Olivier14, 21, Piscart Christophe22, Ragueneau Olivier23, Servain Sylvie24, 25, Spiegelberger Thomas26, 27, Fritz Hervé13, 14, 28
Affiliation(s) 1 : LTSER "Zone Atelier Plaine & Val de Sèvre," CEBC CNRS, Villiers-en-Bois, France
2 : LTSER "Zone Atelier Moselle," Vandoeuvre Les Nancy, France
3 : INRA, unité Aster, Mirecourt, France
4 : LTSER "Zone Atelier Loire," Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, EA 4630 Laboratoire Géomatique et Foncier, France
5 : LTSER, "Zone Atelier Territoires Uranifères," Université Clermont Auvergne, CNRS/IN2P3, LPC, Clermont-Ferrand, Franc
6 : University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, HABITER EA 2076, France
7 : USC 1339, Centre d'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé, INRA, Villiers-en-Bois, France
8 : LTSER "Zone Atelier Plaine & Val de Sèvre," CNRS, Villiers-en-Bois, France
9 : LTSER "Zone Atelier Arc Jurassien," Besançon, France
10 : Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, UMR CNRS 6249 Chrono-environnement, Besançon, France
11 : LTSER "Zone Atelier Environnementale Urbaine," Strasbourg, France
12 : Laboratoire Dynamiques Européennes, CNRS-Unistra, Strasbourg, France
13 : Nelson Mandela University, Sustainability Research Unit, George Campus, George, South Africa
14 : LTSER "Zone Atelier Hwange," Dete, Zimbabwe
15 : IRSTEA, UR RIVERLY, Lyon, France
16 : LTSER "Zone Atelier Antarctique," UMR Ecobio, Rennes, France
17 : LIENSs (UMR 7266), La Rochelle, France
18 : TSER "Zone Atelier Seine," UMR METIS, Sorbonne-Université, CNRS, EPHE, Paris, France
19 : UMR DYNAFOR, INRA - Toulouse INP, France
20 : TSER ZA PYAGR, Toulouse, France
21 : UMR 6554 CNRS, LETG-Angers, Université d'Angers, Angers, France
22 : LTSER "Zone Atelier Armorique," Univ. Rennes, UMR Ecobio, Rennes, France
23 : LTSER "Zone Atelier Brest-Iroise," CNRS, IRD, Ifremer, LEMAR, Univ. Brest, Plouzane, France
24 : LTSER "Zone Atelier Loire," Tours, France
25 : UMR 7324 CITERES, CNRS, Tours Univ., Tours, France
26 : Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Irstea, UR LESSEM, Grenoble, France
27 : LTSER "Zone Atelier Alpes," Grenoble, France
28 : CNRS UMR 5558, Université de Lyon 1, Villeurbanne Cedex, France
Source Ecology And Society (1708-3087) (Resilience Alliance, Inc.), 2019-09 , Vol. 24 , N. 3 , P. 10 (12p.)
DOI 10.5751/ES-10989-240310
WOS© Times Cited 18
Keyword(s) adaptive governance, ecosystem services, landscape, LTER, management, practices, research infrastructure, social-ecological systems, sustainability

Many social-ecological system(SES)-based approaches have been proposed to address environmental problems. Most social-ecological frameworks developed to date, however, lack clear operational linkages between humans and nature to efficiently guide SESs toward resilience. A conceptual framework designed to be operational is therefore necessary, as well as a network of research platforms with which to apply it. We defined explicit coupling processes that can be used as leverages to pilot an SES toward sustainability. We proposed to formalize an SES as a dynamic entity composed of two coupling interfaces, i.e., adaptive management and ecosystem services, both set within a landscape context to provide an actionable framework. These interfaces describe the way various actors, including scholars, benefit from and manage complex and changing interactions between the biophysical and social templates. Understanding the key processes underlying the interaction dynamics, especially those leveraging adaptive management processes, would help identify adaptive pathways for practices and collective actions, provide a crucial knowledge base for policy makers, and foster operationality as a requisite of an SES research agenda. Using several examples, we explained why long-term social-ecological research platforms provide an ideal operational network of research infrastructures to conduct place-based action-orientated research targeting the sustainability of SESs.

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Bretagnolle Vincent, Benoit Marc, Bonnefond Mathieu, Breton Vincent, Church Jon M., Gaba Sabrina, Gilbert Daniel, Gillet François, Glatron Sandrine, Guerbois Chloé, Lamouroux Nicolas, Lebouvier Marc, Mazé Camille, Mouchel Jean-Marie, Ouin Annie, Pays Olivier, Piscart Christophe, Ragueneau Olivier, Servain Sylvie, Spiegelberger Thomas, Fritz Hervé (2019). Action-orientated research and framework: insights from the French long-term social-ecological research network. Ecology And Society, 24(3), 10 (12p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :