Earth system governance must respond to the inherent uncertainties in human and natural systems. It must combine stability to ensure long-term governance solutions with flexibility to react quickly to new findings and developments. In other words, we must understand and further develop the adaptiveness of earth system governance. But what are the politics of adaptiveness? Which governance processes foster it? What attributes of governance systems enhance capacities to adapt? How, when and why does adaptiveness influence earth system governance?

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Communities of practice for supporting long-term sustainability of the world's oceans

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Prof. Carl Folke, Stockholm University, and Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sweden
Dr. Victor Galaz, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden
Geoff Garver, McGill University, Canada
Leopoldo Cavaleri Gerhardinger, Campinas State University - UNICAMP, Brazil
Prof. Andrea K. Gerlak, University of Arizona, United States of America
Prof. Roberto P. Guimarães, , Brazil
Debbie Hopkins , University of Otago, New Zealand
Sara Hughes, National Center for Atmospheric Research, United States of America
Prof. Margot A. Hurlbert, University of Regina, Canada
Luke Kemp, Australian National University, Australia