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Ecological Regimes

  • By: Wolfgang Zierhofer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Ecological regimes can be defined as the way societies, institutions, or groups manage relations to their physical environment. This notion designates fields of activity, which are as such normatively regulated and which thereby determine relations between social and physical structures.

Regulating Society: Environment Relations

Since physical interventions in the world are often constitutive elements of actions, the coordination of actions or interactions incorporates physical aspects into social order at any scale. The regulation intends to establish or maintain specific environmental conditions. Ecological regimes thus constitute a realm of objects and related targets.

Typical examples of ecological regimes are the regulation of forestry, agriculture or other forms of land use; taking precautions against epidemics, floods, avalanches, and other natural hazards; energy policies; or the waste systems. Since literally everything ...

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