Response diversity as a sustainability strategy

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  • Brian Walker
  • Anne Sophie Crépin
  • Magnus Nyström
  • John M. Anderies
  • Erik Andersson
  • Thomas Elmqvist
  • Cibele Queiroz
  • Scott Barrett
  • Elena Bennett
  • Juan Camilo Cardenas
  • Stephen R. Carpenter
  • F. Stuart Chapin
  • Aart de Zeeuw
  • Carl Folke
  • Simon Levin
  • Karine Nyborg
  • Stephen Polasky
  • Kathleen Segerson
  • Karen C. Seto
  • Marten Scheffer
  • Jason F. Shogren
  • Alessandro Tavoni
  • Jeroen van den Bergh
  • Elke U. Weber
  • Jeffrey R. Vincent

Financial advisers recommend a diverse portfolio to respond to market fluctuations across sectors. Similarly, nature has evolved a diverse portfolio of species to maintain ecosystem function amid environmental fluctuations. In urban planning, public health, transport and communications, food production, and other domains, however, this feature often seems ignored. As we enter an era of unprecedented turbulence at the planetary level, we argue that ample responses to this new reality — that is, response diversity — can no longer be taken for granted and must be actively designed and managed. We describe here what response diversity is, how it is expressed and how it can be enhanced and lost.

ZeitschriftNature Sustainability
PublikationsstatusAngenommen/Im Druck - 2023

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Funding Information:
This Perspective is the result of the Beijer Institute’s Askö meetings supported by the Beijer Foundation. M.N. was partly funded by a grant from the Swedish Research Council (no. 2020-04586). C.Q. was partly supported by the Swedish Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (grant no. 2017.0137) and the FeedBaCks FORMAS/Era project (grant no. 2020-02360).

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