Global Partnerships for Sustainability Science

American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting

16 February 2008

Fundamental research is being conducted around the world to create the knowledge and know-how needed for promoting a transition toward sustainability. The great challenge, however, is how to bridge the "know-do" gap separating the findings of sustainability science from the practice of sustainable development. Across sectors and regions, the cry has been the same: Researchers are increasingly frustrated that their findings are not put into practice, and practitioners are increasingly frustrated that their needs are not addressed by the science and technology community. Significantly, however, the last decade has also seen the emergence of a number of innovative partnerships to promote more usable knowledge in support of sustainable development. These partnerships have increasingly spanned the globe. Many have failed, and none have been wholly successful, but the best are producing some remarkable breakthroughs in the creation of a global knowledge base that is nonetheless truly usable in the efforts to promote local sustainability. This symposium analyzes and compares some of the most innovative partnerships from around the world, with an emphasis on those that have emerged to promote sustainable management of natural resources.

Boston, MA

Organized by:
William C. Clark, Harvard University; Pamela A. Matson, Stanford University, Vaughan Turekian, AAAS International Office, Washington, DC

William Clark, Harvard University

Emmy Simmons, U.S. Agency for International Development (retired),
Partnerships for Sustainability [slides]

Jianguo (Jack) Liu, Michigan State University
Fostering Partnerships for Sustainability among Timber Importers and Exporters [slides]

Robin Reid, Colorado State University & ILRI
Partnerships for Linking Global Science with Local Communities in African Savannas [slides]

Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan
The International Forestry Resources and Institutions Program [slides]

Rebecca Goldman, Stanford University
Advancing Conservation through Ecosystem Service Partnerships [slides]

Pamela A. Matson, Stanford University

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