Sustainable trajectories

Identified governing deficits extend beyond the immediate policy area itself, to include the interactions with other industries and land uses such as renewable energy, forestry, mining and carnivore conservation. It is well established that fragmentation of institutional landscapes and misfits between biophysical, social-ecological and institutional systems hamper the ability to deal with cross-scale and multilevel interactions, and may trap social-ecological systems in unsustainable and undesirable trajectories. The institutional and governing landscape has thus direct influence on the governability of a system, or its socio-political problem-solving capacity. It is therefore crucial to increase our understanding of the role governing systems currently play, could and need play, in navigating the policy area towards more sustainable trajectories.