The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for sustainable development calls for meeting the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through local action and integrated approaches. We here describe a method developed to understand how local (un-)sustainable processes in coupled social-ecological systems contribute to or hinder meeting SDGs at the target-level in coupled social-ecological systems (SES). The steps include:
•The construction of a causal-loop diagram (CLD) of the social-ecological processes that shape system dynamics
•CLD simplification for the purpose of the SDG analysis,
•Steps of the SDG analysis.
Keywords: Social-ecological systems, Trade-offs and synergies, Impacts and pathways, Leverage for change
Citation: Downing, A.S. 2022 MethodsX 9:101851