The Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, The Handbook of Environment and Society is organised in seven sections: - Environmental thought: past and present - Valuing the environment - Knowledges and knowing - Political economy of environmental change - Environmental technologies - Redesigning natures - Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The Handbook on Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.

Interdependent Social-Ecological Systems and Adaptive Governance for Ecosystem Services

Interdependent Social-Ecological Systems and Adaptive Governance for Ecosystem Services

Interdependent social-ecological systems and adaptive governance for ecosystem services


The pre-analytic vision of this chapter is that human societies and globally interconnected economies are parts of the dynamics of the biosphere, embedded in its processes and ultimately dependent on the capacity of the environment to sustain societal development with essential ecosystem services and support (Odum, 1989; Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005). Throughout history humans have shaped nature and nature has shaped the development of human society (Turner et al., 1990; Redman, 1999). The human dimension has expanded and intensified and become globally interconnected, through technology, capital markets and systems of governance with decisions in one place influencing people and ecosystems elsewhere (Holling, 1994). Reduced temporal variability of renewable ...

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