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Commentary/Pollution lessons from the Himalayan foothills

Regions like Pakistan, already naturally prone to heavy-metal contamination, also experience high levels of added pollution from human activities. How can understanding chemical risk in Pakistan help us to address chemical pollution, in order to protect our future – and our children?

WRITTEN BY Avit K. Bhowmik
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Commentary/Making resilience, adaptation, and transformation real

Researchers have been working on a new way of examining the changes needed in social-ecological systems to achieve desired sustainability goals through the RAPTA (Resilience, Adaptation Pathways and Transformation Assessment) approach. Pilot projects in Ethiopia translate sometimes unfamiliar terms to reality.

WRITTEN BY Yiheyis Maru & Deborah O'Connell
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Commentary/Resilience 2017 in 7 quotes

A recent gathering in Stockholm brought together academic, artistic, and practitioner communities to discuss the latest in resilience research, and what might be next.

WRITTEN BY Owen Gaffney
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Commentary/The science and art of wayfinding

A new tool for resilience assessment is inspired by the Polynesian seafarers’ approach to navigation. Wayfinder will build on insights from science and practice to enable planners and practitioners to understand and enhance resilience.

WRITTEN BY Linn Järnberg
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Commentary/Can science fiction reimagine the future of global development?

Why science-based fictional narratives can help us develop a more sustainable and equitable future for humanity on spaceship Earth.  

WRITTEN BY Andrew Merrie
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Commentary/Designers build a “Cloudfactory” to rethink design for resilience

Design thinking shares similar characteristics to resilience thinking. The Massive Small Collective reflects on the Cloudfactory’s focus on process rather than product as an example of doing “social design” and development differently, in a community in northern Hungary.

WRITTEN BY Lauren Hermanus & Andrew Campbell
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Commentary/Rethinking development aid to avoid traps

Researchers have put together new puzzle pieces in the poverty traps framework, in order to find ways to look at different possible solutions for development. Adding nature and culture, they find, changes everything.

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Commentary/Biomimicry builds urban possibilities in South Africa

The gardens and “living gutters” of Langrug are more than just a stopgap, delivering basic services to manage waste and treat grey water in an informal settlement in South Africa. The Massive Small Collective assesses a small-scale, nature-inspired project that has impacts beyond its boundaries.

WRITTEN BY Lauren Hermanus & Andrew Campbell
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Commentary/Shifting contexts in the Sahel

Farmers in Burkina Faso rely on whole village landscapes for their livelihoods. Their reliance on that multifunctional patchwork is adjusting as they face changes in rainfall patterns, in young people’s aspirations, and in local markets.

WRITTEN BY Hanna Sinare
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Commentary/Seeking resilience in Niger

How one team learned to change its traditional views on development through understanding complex systems in Niger.