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Sustainable development of the boreal forest:interaction of ecological, social and business feedbacks

Chapin, F. Stuart and Whiteman, Gail (1998) Sustainable development of the boreal forest:interaction of ecological, social and business feedbacks. Ecology and Society, 2 (2). ISSN 1708-3087

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Abstract

Humans are an integral component of ecosystems, just as the products of ecosystems are critical to social systems. To understand the future state of the boreal forest, we must understand the ecological, social, economic, and business interactions that link ecological and social systems into a common regional system, as well as the feedbacks that govern changes in these interactions. We analyze the negative feedbacks that promoted a sustainable interaction between ecological and social systems prior to the development of business systems, which are dominated by positive feedbacks that have reduced the sustainability of the boreal system. We suggest a minimum set of interactions that are required to improve the sustainability of a business−based boreal system.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Ecology and Society
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 80724
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2016 11:24
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 12:24
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/80724

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