The Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) aims to integrate research on the stewardship of social–ecological systems, the services they generate, and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.

The second biennial PECS conference focused on the contributions of ongoing place-based transdisciplinary research undertaken in different parts of the planet, to inform global sustainability. It was held from 7 – 10 November 2017 in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The conference gathered approximately 300 global experts and practitioners to discuss resilience as a key lens for biosphere-based sustainability. The premise is that solutions towards sustainability change dramatically across context. This meeting provided a unique opportunity for sharing insights gained within a wide range of contexts at local scales to identify pathways towards sustainability at a range of spatial scales and contexts.

SwedBio and partner organizations were involved in the following conference sessions:

8 November 2017

12h30 – 14h00:           What have we learned about poverty and ecosystem services and human wellbeing – Tom Chaigneau, Tim Daw (SPACES), and Vanessa Masterson & Maria Tengö (SwedBio & SRC)

15h00 – 17h00:           Just benefit flows: understanding who benefits from ecosystem services for equitable, resilient and sustainable development – hosted by Nadia Sitas and Jeanne Nel from collaborative partner organization, CSIR

9 November 2017

15h00 – 17h00:           Diverse epistemologies for global sustainability – a deep conversation about how different ways of knowing the world can matter for transformation – chaired by Maria Tengö (SwedBio & SRC)

15h00 – 17h00:           Coffee and honey – biocultural diversity as a source of resilience in Ethiopia – chaired by Viveca Mellegård (SwedBio & SRC)

10 November 2017

10h30 – 12h00:           Biocultural diversity and resilience of social-ecological systems (part of a workshop co-funded by SwedBio and organized by partner, UNAM-IIES)


Conference hashtag was #PECSII and active social media accounts @PECS_Project, @SwedBio and @sthlmresilience on Twitter, and Stockholm Resilience Centre on Facebook and Instagram.