Transformative governance of biodiversity: insights for sustainable development: Transformative governance of biodiversity: insights for sustainable development

Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, Jona Razzaque, Pamela McElwee, Esther Turnhout, Eszter Kelemen, Graciela M. Rusch, Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares, Ivis Chan, Michelle Lim, Mine Islar, Ambika P Gautam, Meryl Williams, Eric Mungatana, Md Saiful Karim, Roldan Muradian, Leah R Gerber, Gabriel Lui, Jinlong Liu, Joachim H. Spangenberg, Dara Zaleski

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Abstract

While there is much debate on transformative change among academics and policymakers, the discussion on how to govern such change is still in its infancy. This article argues that transformative governance is needed to enable the transformative change necessary for achieving global sustainability goals. Based on a literature review, the article unpacks this concept of transformative governance. It is: integrative, to ensure local solutions also have sustainable impacts elsewhere (across scales, places, issues and sectors); inclusive, to empower those whose interests are currently not being met and represent values embodying transformative change for sustainability; adaptive, enabling learning, experimentation, and reflexivity, to cope with the complexity of transformative change; and pluralist, recognizing different knowledge systems. We argue that only when these four governance approaches are: implemented in conjunction; operationalized in a specific manner; and focused on addressing the indirect drivers underlying sustainability issues, governance becomes transformative.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-28
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Volume53
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun 28

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

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