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Bringing together social-ecological system and territoire concepts to explore nature-society dynamics

Olivier Barreteau, IRSTEA, UMR G-EAU
David Giband, Université de Perpignan, Via Domitia, UMR 5281 ART-Dev
Michael Schoon, Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment; School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Juliette Cerceau, UMR PACTE
Fabrice DeClerck, Bioversity International; Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
Stéphane Ghiotti, CNRS, UMR 5281 ART-Dev
Thomas James, Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter; Centre for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado Boulder
Vanessa A Masterson, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
Raphael Mathevet, CNRS, UMR 5175 CEFE, Montpellier, France
Sylvain Rode, Université de Perpignan, Via Domitia, UMR 5281 ART-Dev
Francesco Ricci, Université de Montpellier; UMR 5281 ART-Dev
Clara Therville, CNRS, UMR 5175 CEFE; EA 2119 Géoarchitecture, Université de Bretagne Occidentale; Réserves Naturelles de France


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We examine two academic traditions that address the nature-society interface. These traditions are organized around two main concepts: social-ecological system and territoire. These traditions have grown independently and are rooted respectively in ecology and social geography. We show that they have much in common: Both come with a systemic view of the nature-society interface and have the intention of understanding better the relations between nature and society and improving their sustainability. However, they differ in how they deal with space and society. We foresee that the combination of both traditions could improve the understanding of these systems, their definition, and their evolution, and hence, the capacity to assess and manage their resilience.

Key words

flows; power; sense of place; social-ecological system; territoire

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