Jean Hugé

Jean Hugé
Open Universiteit Nederland | OU

Professor (Assistant) in Environmental Governance & Ecology. PhD in Science

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Introduction
As a sustainability scientist, and as a researcher in environmental governance, systems ecology & resource management, I have a strong interest in social-ecological systems science and in the science-policy interface, especially focused on biodiversity. I lecture in ecology, impact assessment and environmental governance. I have acquired methodological and conceptual skills to analyze and assess the sustainability of complex systems during my 10year+ academic research experience.
Additional affiliations
January 2020 - present
Open Universiteit Nederland
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
October 2017 - March 2020
Hasselt University
Position
  • Professor
October 2017 - October 2019
Ghent University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
October 2008 - May 2012
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Field of study
  • PhD in Sciences
October 2003 - July 2004
Ghent University
Field of study
  • Master in Conflict & Development
October 1998 - July 2003
Ghent University
Field of study
  • Master in BioScience Engineering

Publications

Publications (164)
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The sustainable management of natural resources requires the consideration of multiple stakeholders' perspectives and knowledge claims, in order to inform complex and possibly contentious decision-making dilemmas. Hence, a better understanding of why people in particular contexts do manage natural resources in a particular way is needed. Focusing o...
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Sustainability assessment as an ex ante tool for directing decision-making towards sustainability has emerged in a diverse range of forms across the world over the past decade or so. This broad practice of sustainability assessment embraces a wide and continually evolving range of processes, making the field potentially conceptually confusing and d...
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Mainstreaming biodiversity in development cooperation activities is called for by scientists and policy-makers alike, as the current biodiversity crisis can only be mitigated if the linkages between biodiversity and human wellbeing are acknowledged. Reconciling biodiversity conservation and human development is a particularly topical challenge in h...
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While mangroves are increasingly described as social-ecological systems (SESs), performing SES research is so much more than merely documenting local resource utilisation patterns in case studies. The aim of this paper is to review and show how ecological, human and institutional resilience could be understood and fostered in an era of uncertainty,...
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A geographically diverse group of 29 ethnobiologists addresses three common themes in response to the COVID-19 global health crisis: impact on local communities, future interactions between researchers and communities, and new (or renewed) conceptual and/or applied research priorities for ethnobiology.
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From 2022 onwards the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) of the Convention on Biological Diversity will guide biodiversity conservation actions worldwide, which includes mainstreaming biodiversity into a wide range of activities, sectors and policies. Biodiversity mainstreaming in development cooperation is particularly relevant given th...
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The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)’ 2020 “Global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services” states that nature and its contributions to people play an important role not only for the health of the planet, but also to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It highlighted no...
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Tropical small islands are particularly vulnerable to environmental impacts. In the small islands of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO), multiple stressors of environmental and socio-economic change interact and intensify at reduced spatial scales. Actors and institutions need to respond to these changes through responses – reactive or proactive action...
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Climate change and biodiversity loss trigger policies targeting and impacting local communities worldwide. However, research and policy implementation often fail to sufficiently consider community responses and involve them. We present the results of a collective self-assessment exercise for eight case studies of communications regarding climate ch...
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Managing a complex social-ecological system requires data about the many social and ecological variables characterizing it and about their interactions. While the selection of research topics has its own, mostly unpredictable dynamics and contingencies, there has been a recent surge of interest regarding the involvement of non-academic stakeholders...
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Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve (MMFR) in peninsular Malaysia has been managed for pole and charcoal production from Rhizophora stands with a 30-year rotation cycle since 1902. The aim of this study is to estimate the carbon budget of the MMFR by considering the carbon stock of the forest, evaluated from remote sensing data (Landsat TM and ETM+, JER...
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A common strategy to counteract global biodiversity loss is sustainable management of protected areas. However, as protection of nature sometimes conflicts with human livelihoods and involves stakeholders with different interests, conservation conflict is globally on the rise. These conflicts can hamper sustainable development, social equity and ef...
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Participatory processes provide opportunities for water professionals such as scientists and policymakers and other stakeholders such as the local communities and farmers to meet, exchange information, deliberate, and share values. There is a diversity of rapidly evolving participatory methods, here defined, as tools for supporting the process of d...
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Mangrove forests provide key ecological processes which support the livelihoods of local communities and beyond, through the provision of a diverse set of ecosystem goods and services (Dahdouh-Guebas et al., 2021). In recent years, mangroves in Northern Sri Lanka have been exposed to increasing anthropogenic stressors that led to their degradation...
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This poster was prepared on an ongoing research aimed at assessing the vegetation structure, and the ecosystem goods and services provided by the Ankobra mangrove system. The specific objectives included documentation of the ecosystem services, local ecological knowledge, and making an inventory of the vegetation stand and regeneration potential th...
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This poster was one part of a bigger research "Bench-Marking the value of mangrove ecosystem goods and services". We aimed at assessing the floral structure of the Ankobra mangrove forest, mainly the natural regeneration capacity of the forest. We goaled at providing baseline information to managers and future researchers of the forest. The informa...
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Taxonomic bias, resulting in some taxa receiving more attention than others, has been shown to persist throughout history. Such bias in primary biodiversity data needs to be addressed because the data are vital to environmental management. This study reviews taxonomic bias in South African primary biodiversity data obtained from the Global Biodiver...
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Sea turtles have been exploited at unsustainable rates globally. In Malaysia, their populations have faced serious declines because of diverse anthropogenic stressors including turtle egg consumption. Redang Island, off the northeast coast of Peninsular Malaysia, is an important rookery for green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Southeast Asia. The...
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Sri Lanka, with its rapid economic growth after three decades of civil war, exemplifies the problems related to coastal conservation faced by many countries in the Global South. This is especially the case in Sri Lanka's Eastern province which has seen major infrastructure investments-following the end of the civil war in 2009 and the recovery from...
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Mangrove restoration is expensive and time consuming, especially when compared to the protection and management of existing forests. Typically, local communities are aware of the importance of mangroves, from which they derive direct benefits.. Our study focuses on how people along the East coast of Sri Lanka perceive and live off these mangrove ec...
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Local coastal communities in the global South often strongly depend on mangrove ecosystems due to the array of ecosystem services they provide. We present a mixed methods interdisciplinary study of the changing relationship within the local community in Oluvil, Southeastern Sri Lanka, and the adjacent mangrove ecosystem over the last 20 years. A to...
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Mangrove restoration is expensive and time consuming, especially when compared to the protection and management of existing forests. Typically, local communities are aware of the importance of mangroves, from which they derive direct benefits. Our study focuses on how people along the east coast of Sri Lanka perceive and live off these mangrove eco...
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The integrity of the ecosystem is fundamental to human wellbeing. Social and ecological systems are usually both highly connected and co-evolved at a range of spatial and temporal scales. We need to better understand the appropriate spatial and temporal scales at which social-ecological systems operate if the ecosystems are to be managed wisely or...
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The declining mangrove cover worldwide highlights the necessity of understanding the linkages between ecological and socio-economic dimensions of mangrove management. This study analyses the socio-economic aspects of the pole and charcoal production systems at Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve (MMFR), known as the world’s longest managed mangrove fore...
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There have been several pleas for more inclusive ecosystem services assessments in recent years. This is partially due to a growing consensus about the importance of incorporating value pluralism into ecosystem services assessments. While there is increasingly attention for such value pluralism in academia and at the IPBES science policy interface,...
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Climate change and biodiversity loss trigger policies worldwide, many of which target or impact local communities. Although research, international development, and policy implementation (and, thus, success in fighting both threats) require thoughtful consideration and communication of the underlying concepts, field work encounters a cascade of tan...
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Ecosystem services are a telling concept to discuss the integrated management of natural resources, such as integrated water and soil, with non-academic stakeholders. Stakeholders have different perceptions regarding the management of various ecosystem services, which is challenging when aiming to develop and foster sustainable ecosystem management...
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Assessments of coastal artisanal fisheries are progressively adopting a social-ecological system (SES) approach as an effective means to accumulate knowledge and integrate findings on different aspects of the fisheries. Ostrom’s SES framework was used to guide assessment of interactions between and within the harvesting and supply-chain processes a...
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Despite their ecological and economic importance, mangroves have suffered degradation in West-Africa, mostly from anthropogenic activities. To sustainably and successfully manage natural resources in complex social-ecological systems (SES), it is important to take into consideration the divergent viewpoints, values, and knowledge of stakeholders, t...
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The fisheries of Lake Tanganyika play an important role in food security in Central and Eastern Africa. Conservation of these valuable fish stocks will benefit from documenting the ideas, opinions and observations of stakeholders. Knowledge of the perceptions and an understanding of the concerns and struggles of stakeholders of these fisheries can...
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For centuries, mangrove forests and adjacent ecosystems have been cast in a negative light due to their (often perceived) ecosystem disservices. We give contemporary examples of how such viewpoints about mangroves continue to be communicated today, with potentially adverse consequences for mangrove conservation and public support. Since public perc...
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Ebola and COVID-19 are textbook emerging diseases influenced by humans. Ebola is often considered a result of exotic nature threatening health. Conversely, COVID-19, emerged in an urban environment, entails risks worldwide. Geographical, virological and demographic differences influence risk perceptions and responses to both diseases. Because ecolo...
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Lake Tana is the most important freshwater lake in Ethiopia. Besides pressures on water quality resulting from urbanization and deforestation, the invasion of the exotic water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) poses new threats to the ecosystem. Water hyacinth, endemic to South America, is widely considered as the world’s worst aquatic invasive weed....
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Key skills for future aquatic scientists in Latin America: academic capacity building through the CORRIENTE XXI project - Volume 54 Issue 3 - Diana Di Nitto, Nico Koedam, Jean Hugé, Francisco Benitez-Capistros, Lucy Baldeon Rojas, Xavier Bolivar Lastra Bravo, Dario Alexander Cepeda-Bastidas, Isabel Timpe-Vera, Gladys Rincon-Polo, Jonathan Cedeno, R...
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The social-ecological system of the Lake Manyara basin (Northern Tanzania), a UNESCO Biosphere reserve (BR) suffers from social-economic and environmental problems due to decreasing water levels, erosion and land and water use conflicts. We propose an integrated assessment of the social-ecological interactions of the area to support future sustaina...
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Despite their ecological and economic importance, mangroves have suffered degradation in West-Africa, mostly from anthropogenic activities. To sustainably and successfully manage natural resources in complex social-ecological systems (SES), it is important to take into consideration the divergent viewpoints, values, and knowledge of stakeholders, t...
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While the concept of ecosystem services which links biodiversity to human wellbeing, is by now well-known, its translation into actual management decisions is still uneven. African Biosphere Reserves, which are to be living labs for sustainable development, embody the idea of synergies between people and nature. Gaining knowledge about the provisio...
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Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into development cooperation—highlights from an ALTER-NET-EKLIPSE workshop - Volume 54 Issue 1 - Jean Hugé, Maarten Vanhove, Bruno Verbist, Els Dekeyzer, Piet Stoffelen, Ingrid Leemans, Jennifer Sjölund, Isabelle Vertriest, Erik Verheyen, Hilde Keunen, Anne-Julie Rochette, Luc Janssens de Bisthoven
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Effective management of a socio-ecological system (SES) requires a good understanding of: (i) ecosystem functionality, (ii) interactions between social and ecological units, and (iii) stakeholder perceptions and activities. Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve (MMFR) covering 40,200 ha in Peninsular Malaysia is under silvicultural management (with a 30-y...
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Integrated Assessment of the Mangrove Ecosystem Services in the Bangladesh Sundarbans Complex
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Originating in medical and veterinary spheres, the One Health concept stands as an open call for collaboration also between these disciplines or professions and those of environmental and social science. However, the communities of practice in question show uneasy or under-developed collaborations, due to a variety of factors. We argue that an impo...
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Conserving African biosphere reserves: a workshop on the valuation of ecosystem services in Man and the Biosphere Reserves
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In Southeast Asia, mangrove forest cover and biodiversity has shown a rapid decline in recent decades, despite extensive conservation efforts. Identifying and analysing discourses on biodiversity conservation improves our knowledge and understanding of stakeholder perspectives (including normative values and socially constructed viewpoints) on biod...
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Purpose – In the past few decades, sustainability in higher education has become ever more prevalent, although the diversity in pace of adoption and the wide range of interpretations and practices is huge. The purpose of this study is to present recent research on organizational change processes in universities. Design/methodology/approach – The me...
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The protection of marine biodiversity is considered a global priority, as exemplified in the Convention on Biological Diversity's Aichi targets and in Sustainable Development Goal 14. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are considered to be effective conservation and fisheries management tools that generate various ecological and social-economic benefits...
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The conservation of biodiverse areas around the world has contributed to the protection and recovery of endangered species. This has been the case for 11 species of Galapagos giant tortoises (Chelonoidis spp.) that today are successfully maintained over six islands: Española, Santiago, Pinzon, Isabela, San Cristobal and Santa Cruz. A favourable sta...
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Second phase: Socio-economic questionnaire. (PDF)
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Demographic elements of the interviewees in the SSI and contacted means. (PDF)
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Documented damaged crops. a) Farmer 1 reporting possible entrance of giant tortoises to his farmland; b) giant tortoise in corn crop field; c) damaged corn at an intermediate stage; d) farmer 2 showing damages by giant tortoises to pineapple crops; e) mature pineapple crop eaten by giant tortoises. Photographs by F. Benitez-Capistros, November, 201...
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First set of transects. Distance detection function truncated at 39 meter, fitted with the hazard-rate function with a cosine series extension adjustment (model chosen based on the comparison of the AIC values). (TIFF)
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Second set of transects. Distance detection function truncated at 155 meter, fitted with the hazard-rate function coupled with the hermite polynomial adjustment (model chosen based on the comparison of the AIC values). (TIFF)
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1. Decision‐making is a complex process that typically includes a series of stages: identifying the issue, considering possible options, making judgements and then making a decision by combining information and values. The current status quo relies heavily on the informational aspect of decision‐making with little or no emphasis on the value positi...
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To successfully conserve ecosystem services in the global South, biodiversity should be integrated at all levels of policy and decision-making processes of development cooperation. CEBioS, in collaboration with KLIMOS, explores in this policy brief different methods of mainstreaming biodiversity into development cooperation ( by applying ex ante i...
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Tropical coastal systems are undergoing rapid change, which impacts people and natural resources, and that requires innovative governance processes to be turned into an opportunity for sustainable management. Focusing on Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar archipelago in Tanzania, this study explores the current state of the island's coastal sy...
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The negative impacts of climate change are experienced at the global, regional and local levels. However, rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa face additional socio-political, cultural and economic challenges in addition to climate change. Decision support tools have been developed and applied to assist rural communities to cope with and adapt t...