A themed issue on dryland social-ecological systems in changing environments, prepared by the Global Dryland Ecosystem Programme (Global-DEP) working group, has recently been published on Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.
Socio-ecological systems (SESs) are complex adaptive systems that are based on dynamic interactions between ecosystems and human societies. In 2017, the Global Dryland Ecosystem Programme (Global-DEP) was proposed by a joint working group from diverse countries, committed to critical research on dryland SESs. It aims to develop an ambitious, actionable research agenda, consisting of a science plan and an action plan, to support sustainable dryland SESs by advancing ecosystem management and sustainable livelihoods in the context of Sustainable Development Goals. This special issue has been prepared by the Global-DEP working group as a timely synthesis of up-to-date knowledge in various thematic fields relevant to dryland SESs.
The Global-DEP Scientific Committee is co-chaired by Prof. Bojie Fu from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dr. Mark Stafford Smith from Australia. The Committee Secretariat is hosted by the Synthesis Research Center of Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN) with support from UNEP-IEMP.