If an ecosystem is able to maintain its full functions and properties even though it is harvested, it is called a sustainable ecosystem. A sustainable ecosystem is able to meet the needs of the present population and still able to maintain its productivity without any outside assistance. It is self-sustaining. Forests and healthy wetlands are some examples of sustainable ecosystems.
Co-creation of knowledge in policy design, action and review process for the sustainable ecosystem is more likely to generate usable outcomes compared to a more traditional top-down approach. A co-creating sustainable ecosystem is defined as the collaborative development of new values together with experts and/or stakeholders. These stakeholders come from across the public and private sectors, are at the forefront of their respective fields, and act as investors, champions, implementers, peer reviewers, and advocates who identify and promote innovative solutions. Here, in the process of co-creating a sustainable ecosystem, ideas are shared and improved together, rather than keep to oneself.
The diversity of co-creation partners for the sustainable ecosystem is a basic need that results in the ability to develop innovations that serve the needs and preferences of various stakeholders who operate in diverse contexts. A lack of stakeholder diversity usually results in unilaterally developed innovations that take the viewpoint of limited stakeholders or the own organisation into account. As a consequence, unilateral innovations face the risk of market failure. Therefore, innovation development should strive to include all stakeholders that might either affect or be affected by the innovation.
For co-creating a sustainable ecosystem, Ecociate brings partners together at a platform from diverse backgrounds, organizations and domains to support the farmer community and its clients working in sustainable agriculture, agroecology, agro-biodiversity, organic farming, climate resilient and natural farming space. We have been collaborating with agro-tech service providers, green finance, CSOs and CBOs, infrastructure and logistics support service providers and policymakers to create enabling environment for the farmer community.