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Ecoshed

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

An ecoshed is a geographical niche network of community food webs practicing adaptive watershed rehabilitation. The ecoshed concept is similar to a social ecosystem, except that the culturally defined geographic area is set by the watershed boundary. Ecoshed is a contraction of the terms ecology and watershed. Local community food webs are interconnected networks in which each ecoshed can exchange food, goods, and services. Healthy watershed rehabilitation management based on integrated river science foundations will form resilient ecosystems. Local cultural restoration results when community food webs empower its human members through shared goals. Ecoshed processes can reestablish local control and knowledge relationships in food supply systems that have become distorted by increasing distance (physical, social, and metaphorical) between producers and consumers.

An ecoshed uses bottom-up strategies ...

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