Designing our Future

Local Perspectives on Bioproduction, Ecosystems and Humanity

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This volume focuses primarily on society at the local and regional levels and on a scenario in which human beings coexist harmoniously with nature. This ideal society is examined in terms of the relationships between villages or towns and their natural environment. It also looks at how these villages and towns can achieve local or regional independence in the face of pressures toward centralization and globalization. This book highlights the importance of developing a society in harmony with nature through the networking of diverse communities to promote and achieve local independence.



Ecology, sustainability science and “knowing” systems

Sustainability science can be characterized by its interdisciplinary approach to addressing complex, dynamic problems. It also serves the quest for advancing both useful knowledge and informed action by creating a dynamic bridge between basic and applied research (Clark, 2007). However, because of its short history as a research discipline and the complexity and diversity of sustainability issues, many researchers from conventional disciplines, including ecologists, are finding it difficult to share their knowledge and to contribute to the development of a common framework to promote sustainability studies.


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