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The Structure and Dynamics of Human EcosystemsToward a Model for Understanding and Action$
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William R Burch, Gary E Machlis, and Jo Ellen Force

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300137033

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300137033.001.0001

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Leaning Forward

Leaning Forward

Future Challenges to Human Ecosystems

Chapter:
(p.240) Twelve Leaning Forward
Source:
The Structure and Dynamics of Human Ecosystems
Author(s):

William R. Burch Jr.

Gary E. Machlis

Jo Ellen Force

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300137033.003.0012

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.

Keywords:   human ecosystems, biophysical professionals, HEM, biosocial responses, social institutions, justice institutions, sustenance institutions, faith institutions

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