Technological and social innovations must become more sensitive to ecosystem dynamics and respect interacting planetary boundaries. Emerging technological and social innovations involve huge potential to improve our lives in a sustainable way, but only if we incorporate knowledge of social-ecological systems and planetary boundaries in framing their future development.
Social-ecological innovation is defined as technological and social innovation – including new strategies, concepts, ideas, institutions, and organizations – that enhance the capacity of social-ecological systems to generate bundles of essential ecosystem services. These have the potential to improve the capacity to learn from, respond to, and manage environmental feedback from dynamic ecosystems.
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