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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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Lessons and Legacies

Lessons and Legacies

Chapter:
(p.23) Three Lessons and Legacies
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/9780300137033.003.0003

This chapter discusses how the Human Ecosystem Model (HEM) consolidates and restructures some of the systematic thought and action on human–nature transactions. Specifically, it outlines a framework for decisions that are effective, efficient, and equitable in sustaining human and biophysical ecology. Not surprisingly, professionals and concerned citizens have generated many differing perspectives on the nature of the problems, the theories about cause and consequence, and the methods for resolving the perceived issues. The HEM seeks to fit this scientific and experiential information into a more manageable and cumulative organizational frame. This frame reduces much of the information “noise” to some key variables and relations that guide crucial questions about patterns and processes of the human ecosystem.

Keywords:   Human Ecosystem Model, human–nature transactions, human ecology, biophysical ecology, experiential information, organizational frame

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