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Linking Forests, Trees, and People: From the Air, on the Ground, and in the Lab

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Ostrom, Elinor; Nagendra, Harini
Journal: Current Conservation
Volume: 2
Date: 2008
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3076
Sector: Social Organization
Subject(s): forests
natural resources
Abstract: "Governing natural resources sustainably is a continuing struggle. Major debates occur over what types of policy interventions best protect forests, with the types of property and land tenure systems being central issues. Evaluating the impacts of different tenure regimes in a systematic manner is not an easy task. Ecological systems rarely exist isolated from human use. The challenge of good scientific observation of linked socialecological systems is made even more difficult because relevant variables operate at different scales and their impacts differ radically. We provide an overview of findings from a long-term interdisciplinary, multiscale, international research program that studies factors affecting forest cover. We describe insights obtained from a series of explorations from the air (landscape scale), on the ground (forest-patch scale), and in the lab."

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