Community owned solutions : identifying local best practices for social-ecological sustainability. / Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Berardi, Andrea; Tschirhart, Celine; Bignante, Elisa; Haynes, Lakeram; Benjamin, Ryan; Albert, Grace; Xavier, Rebecca; Robertson, Bernie; Davis, Odacy; Jafferally, Deirdre; de Ville, Géraud.

In: Ecology and Society, Vol. 21, No. 2, 42, 2016, p. 1-17.

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Community owned solutions : identifying local best practices for social-ecological sustainability. / Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Berardi, Andrea; Tschirhart, Celine; Bignante, Elisa; Haynes, Lakeram; Benjamin, Ryan; Albert, Grace; Xavier, Rebecca; Robertson, Bernie; Davis, Odacy; Jafferally, Deirdre; de Ville, Géraud.

In: Ecology and Society, Vol. 21, No. 2, 42, 2016, p. 1-17.

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Mistry, J, Berardi, A, Tschirhart, C, Bignante, E, Haynes, L, Benjamin, R, Albert, G, Xavier, R, Robertson, B, Davis, O, Jafferally, D & de Ville, G 2016, 'Community owned solutions: identifying local best practices for social-ecological sustainability', Ecology and Society, vol. 21, no. 2, 42, pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-08496-210242

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Mistry, J., Berardi, A., Tschirhart, C., Bignante, E., Haynes, L., Benjamin, R., Albert, G., Xavier, R., Robertson, B., Davis, O., Jafferally, D., & de Ville, G. (2016). Community owned solutions: identifying local best practices for social-ecological sustainability. Ecology and Society, 21(2), 1-17. [42]. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-08496-210242

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Mistry, Jayalaxshmi ; Berardi, Andrea ; Tschirhart, Celine ; Bignante, Elisa ; Haynes, Lakeram ; Benjamin, Ryan ; Albert, Grace ; Xavier, Rebecca ; Robertson, Bernie ; Davis, Odacy ; Jafferally, Deirdre ; de Ville, Géraud. / Community owned solutions : identifying local best practices for social-ecological sustainability. In: Ecology and Society. 2016 ; Vol. 21, No. 2. pp. 1-17.

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