Sustainable coastal social-ecological systems: how do we define “coastal”?

Hossain, M. S. , Gain, A. K. and Rogers, K. G. (2020) Sustainable coastal social-ecological systems: how do we define “coastal”? International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 27(7), pp. 577-582. (doi: 10.1080/13504509.2020.1789775)

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Coastal social-ecological systems (SES) are home to over 500 million people and one of the most productive and diverse ecosystems in the world. In recent years, coastal SES are experiencing severe threat from an increasing population, resource exploitation, and global environmental change (e.g. climate change), which have devastating societal impacts in coastal areas. Despite several global, national, and local initiatives, there is a growing consensus that coastal resources are depleting and increasing conflicts in coastal areas. Recognizing the global call to understand social–ecological interactions for implementing development practices, this special issue features a suite (seven) of articles advancing the understanding of the sustainability of social and ecological interactions within coastal areas through theoretical SES approaches and related analytical methods. In this editorial of this special issue, we also argued that coastal area needs to define from SES perspectives, which have received less attention compared to ecological and social perspectives. We hope that this special issue will stimulate the debate and further thinking of how coastal SES can be managed sustainably by conceptualizing and understanding the complex dynamics (interaction, feedback) of SES.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions [787419,796994]; National Science Foundation [CNH-L-1716909].
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sohel, Dr MD Sarwar
Authors: Hossain, M. S., Gain, A. K., and Rogers, K. G.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1745-2627
Published Online:05 July 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited
First Published:First published in International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology 27(7): 577-582
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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