Future Challenges to Human Ecosystems
This chapter maintains that there are many ways to examine human ecosystems. The most enduring results occur when social and biophysical professionals share a common language for describing and analyzing the system and when there are core concepts whose meaning and units of measurement are mutually respected. The HEM identifies the most likely possible connections between the relevant trends and their interdependent connections and permits a general estimate of the lag between these events and the most likely biosocial responses. The chapter also shows how trends in social institutions may be overlooked yet critical to the issues that concern many resource managers and conservationists. It argues that three of these institutions are more important and will be key factors in the future: justice institutions, sustenance institutions, and faith institutions.
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