Jaké jsou přínosy přírody chráněných krajinných oblastí v ČR očima jejich správců?

Cílem zřizování velkoplošných chráněných území je především ochrana druhů a stanovišť, zároveň ale poskytují lidem a společnosti řadu ekosystémových služeb (přínosů přírody) a umožňují chránit krajinný ráz a kulturní hodnoty. V ČR se nachází celkem 26 chráněných krajinných oblastí (CHKO), které pokrývají 14,42 % rozlohy území státu. V rámci výzkumného projektu TAČR ÉTA se 20 Správ CHKO... Continue Reading →

Living in unbearably hot cities – is this our future?

Climate change and its impacts, such as extreme heat, represent an unprecedented challenge for cities, causing overheating and threatening the future prosperity, health and well-being of urban residents. Climate adaptation is one of the central topics for sustainable cities and societies. Yet, we have limited knowledge about the magnitude of climate change that we will... Continue Reading →

Exploring urban futures for climate resilient cities

Uncertainties arising from the climate crisis and socioeconomic challenges are a key issue for urban planners in terms of future sustainability and wellbeing.  Climate change adaptation planning and practice have gained more attention in the past decade, and many cities around the world, including the cities in the Czech Republic, have adopted climate change adaptation... Continue Reading →

When legality is not enough: moving beyond legal land tenure for urban farmers in Soweto, South Africa

Urban agriculture is widely supported across developing countries as it has proven to be a vital livelihood strategy among the urban poor, resulting in various benefits, including enhanced food security and socioeconomic empowerment. Many researchers and policymakers stress that legal land tenure is one of the key assets that help to enhance the potential of... Continue Reading →

Using Google Street View photographs to assess outdoor thermal discomfort and heat perception due to heatwaves in the urban environment

We have just published a preprint of a new study together with colleagues from the Department of remote sensing. The preprint reports the results of three studies conducted on residents of Czech cities of Brno and České Budějovice (N = 1,877) in which we explored heat perception in cities during summer heatwaves. Using street view... Continue Reading →

Ecosystem resilience through sustainability policies: transdisciplinary process from Barcelona

This blog post is based around a research article ‘Adaptive resilience of and through urban ecosystem services: A trans-disciplinary approach to sustainability in Barcelona’ (de Luca C., Langemeyer J., Vaňo S., Baró F., Andersson E., in press, Ecology and Society, 2021) which emerged from the collaborations during the Biodiversa project ‘ENABLE - Enabling Green and... Continue Reading →

Public support for urban climate adaptation policy through nature-based solutions

The impacts of climate change on urban life require response in terms of adaptation planning. We investigated perceptions of and economic preferences for urban climate adaptation through nature-based solutions (NBS) in Prague and found that: (i) increased use of NBS is likely to generate significant economic public value; (ii) people perceive the species diversity of the NBS measures positively; (iii) NBS implemented in...

Who should be learning what for sustainable textiles?

Learning from others to share innovations and world views is an important pathway to achieving sustainability. The basic premise is that when people know more about sustainability, they will act to achieve sustainability. Such learning can be about what sustainability is, or the impact of their current actions, or innovations or alternative actions that can... Continue Reading →

Proč je nutné změnit globální potravinový systém?

Produkce a spotřeba potravin v dnešní době propojuje i velmi vzdálená místa planety – žijeme v tzv. globálním potravinovém systému. Tento systém však nefunguje bezchybně – je mimo jiné náročný na suroviny, ohrožený místními konflikty i klimatickou krizí a často výrazně nespravedlivý vůči místním zemědělcům na celé planetě i celým státům. V posledních letech se navíc začíná snižovat... Continue Reading →

Vlož hodnoty, získej budoucnost?

Uvažovat o budoucnosti je pro nás nejen zajímavé, ale i důležité. Může pro nás znamenat mnohé: snít, přemýšlet o přáních do budoucna, ujasňovat si myšlenky, nebo připravovat plány pro různé případy a situace. Jako jednotlivci pro „příběhy”, které si představujeme ohledně budoucnosti, většinou nepoužíváme konkrétní výraz. Uvažujeme-li však o možné budoucnosti celých společenství nebo společností,... Continue Reading →

Insert your values, pick up a future?

Thinking about the future is not only interesting, but also important. We think about the future not only to imagine and dream, but also to organize our thoughts and wishes, and to plan ahead for different possibilities and options. In our individual lives, we may not use a specific term for the stories we envision... Continue Reading →

Governance Challenges at the Interface of Food Security and Biodiversity Conservation


Food security and biodiversity conservation are two key challenges for many countries around the world. The simultaneous provision of food security and biodiversity conservation requires a governance system that can address intra- and intersectoral complexity. However, the two sectors are often treated as separate goals. In their recent study, Jiren et al. (2021) explore challenges encountered by governance systems to deliver integrated biodiversity and food security governance. To this end, they identified food security and biodiversity governance challenges in a multi-level governance context in southwestern Ethiopia. Specifically, this study focused on identifying institutional interplay problems within and between the two sectors at different governance levels.

The study area in Jimma zone in southwestern Ethiopia is a biodiversity hotspot and the birthplace of coffee (Coffea arabica, see picture). Food insecurity and biodiversity loss are major problems in the area and are accelerated by population pressure, agricultural land expansion, and challenges related…

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Systems Change not Climate Change… but how?

Last week I published an editorial, attached to a special issue in Sustainability Science on the topic of Leverage Points for sustainability transformations (available mainly as open access here). In it, we raise nine questions for working with leverage points and systems change. For those already engaged with systems thinking, and the topic of leverage... Continue Reading →

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