A General Framework for Analyzing Sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems

  title={A General Framework for Analyzing Sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems},
  author={E. Ostrom},
  pages={419 - 422}
  • E. Ostrom
  • Published 24 July 2009
  • Computer Science
  • Science
A major problem worldwide is the potential loss of fisheries, forests, and water resources. Understanding of the processes that lead to improvements in or deterioration of natural resources is limited, because scientific disciplines use different concepts and languages to describe and explain complex social-ecological systems (SESs). Without a common framework to organize findings, isolated knowledge does not cumulate. Until recently, accepted theory has assumed that resource users will never… 
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