Terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems are currently all affected by major anthropogenic stressors, like climate change and harvesting. Yet, the interactive effects of these stressors remain poorly understood, and they are generally studied separately within each system.
In SUSTAIN we address the general question of how combined anthropogenic and climatic changes affect different harvested ecosystems (particularly, but not only, in Arctic regions), and how management strategies can be improved to ensure sustainable exploitation and resilience. We aim at developing frameworks for sustainable management strategies for harvested ecosystems under a changing environment that contributes to ecosystem resilience, in particular with respect to impacts of climatic changes, as well as to other stressors and their interactions.
We do this in collaboration of a panel of end users, made up by managers, decision-makers and other institutions involved in the management of harvested ecosystems. The whole process is structured following a Strategic Foresight Protocol.