Category Archives: Ecosystem

Social-ecological Systems contain various Tipping Points or Thresholds that can Trigger Large-scale Reorganization

Understanding of regime shifts is important for ecosystem governance as they often have substantial impacts on human economies and societies, tend to occur unexpectedly, and are difficult, expensive and sometimes impossible to reverse. Sudden, large, long-lasting shifts in system structure … Continue reading

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From Scientific Speculation to Effective Adaptive Management

This article focuses on the role of social marketing, in particular the analysis of the motivations and capabilities of stakeholder groups, in encouraging acceptance of an innovative experimental approach to semiarid shrubland restoration in Chile. Controlled scientific experiments involving herbivory … Continue reading

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Green Views of Marx – Reinterpreting, Revising, Rejecting, Transcending

Is Marxist theory relevant or conducive to environmental political thought? This article considers responses to this question and the debate regarding possibilities of a red/green coalition through examination of four green theorists who represent positions of theoretical and historical significance: … Continue reading

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Resilience – The emergence of a perspective for social–ecological systems analyses

The resilience perspective is increasingly used as an approach for understanding the dynamics of social–ecological systems. This article presents the origin of the resilience perspective and provides an overview of its development to date. With roots in one branch of … Continue reading

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Complexity and Ecosystem Management: The Theory and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems

The quality of ecosystems is affected by the actions of different stakeholders who use them in a variety of ways. In order to understand this complex relationship between humans and nature, it is vital to understand the complexity of the … Continue reading

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Economic and Ecological Crises: Green new deals and no-growth economies

Although the ‘global financial crisis’ (GFC) and its repercussions to date, Nov 2011, has opened space for sub- and counter-hegemonic imaginaries, projects, and practices, crystallized in the mainstream mass media in the Arab Spring and the ‘occupy movements’, the overall … Continue reading

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Saving our planet from corporatist destruction – Resist Or Die

END:CIV examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations.  Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: “If your homeland was invaded … Continue reading

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Ecosystem Biodiversity a key Climate Change buffer

Experiments suggest that biodiversity enhances the ability of ecosystems to maintain multiple functions, such as carbon storage, productivity, and the buildup of nutrient pools (multifunctionality). However, the relationship between biodiversity and multifunctionality has never been assessed globally in natural ecosystems. … Continue reading

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Is feeding nine billion people possible?

Yes, but only with more sustainable agriculture, says international team of scientists. “Feeding the nine billion people anticipated to live on Earth in 2050 without exhausting the Earth’s natural resources is possible, provided that we adopt a more sustainable food … Continue reading

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Investing in ecosystem services can boost food security

New report on how to avoid water scarcity and meet growing food demands. Recognising healthy ecosystems as the basis for sustainable water resources and stable food security can help produce more food per unit of agricultural land, improve resilience to … Continue reading

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