Implications of agricultural transitions and urbanization for ecosystem services. In a new paper published in Nature (515, 50-57), Graeme S. Cumming and colleagues present a framework describing a shift from agricultural systems to urban systems and the accompanying impacts on ecosystem services. Moving away from a direct reliance on ecosystem services to prioritizing non-ecosystem services where feedbacks to ecosystems become increasingly distant and potential traps exist along the rural to urban gradient.


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MOOC Massive open online course available starting November 17, 2014.   This free, eight week course taught by Professor Johan Rockstrom and colleagues aims at expanding and updating participant's 'conceptual toolbox' in matters of global sustainability. Participants will gain a clear understanding of key concepts on global environmental change and their theoretical underpinning, as well as an up-to-date understanding of current debates in the global sustainability arena and emerging examples of approaches and solutions currently being developed.  Watch the trailer, read more, and enroll now at



Resilience assessment to inform the development of catchment action plans, regional strategies, and municipal planning.  Three new additions to the project database describe some of the ways in which the resilience assessment approach is being applied in the field. Read more about the projects: Namoi Resilience Assessment and Catchment Action Plan, Involving Community and Agency Partners in the Goulburn Broken Regional Catchment Strategy, and Using Participatory Resilience Assessment to Address Local Food Security: The Case of Eskilstuna municipality



A discussion paper on General Resilience by Brian Walker and colleagues presents insights from a catchment management area workshop in south eastern Australia.  The paper synthesizes components of general resilience and aims to stimulate discussion on how it might be managed. Read the paper here.






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