Program 5: Resilience of linked Social-Ecological System
The goal is to improve understanding of the two-way linkages between ecosystems and social change, and between shifts in climate and ecosystems. This multidisciplinary program focuses on developing and testing new theory, modelling, and encourages collaborative links between ecologists, social scientists and climatologists.
The ecosystem services provided by coral reefs support the livelihoods of millions of people throughout the tropics. This research Program addresses options for adaptation by coastal societies to the changing dynamics of reefs, particularly in response to global climate change, and contributes to the emerging International Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS).
The objective is to improve reef management and governance in different social and economic contexts, to avoid unwanted ecological shifts and bolster sustainable livelihoods (particularly in the developing world).