Revitalising socio-ecological production landscapes
Robert Blasiak and Kaoru Ichikawa
OurWorld 2.0, 30 January 2012

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN: This article is part of UNU’s Rio+20 series, featuring research or commentary on the conference’s themes of green economy, poverty eradication and the institutional framework for sustainable development. The authors argue that socio-ecological production landscapes embody many aspects of the green economy concept and provide not only useful indications of how humans and nature have harmoniously interacted in the past, but also guidance on how to transition to sustainable societies built on green economies. Their common characteristics include, among other things: extensive use of locally available and renewable resources, recycling of nutrients, spatial and temporal diversity, reliance on local crop varieties, and decision-making based on the knowledge and culture of local inhabitants. In all cases, a common element is the vast quantity of traditional knowledge that has been accumulated by the people engaging in such close interactions with their natural surroundings. Read the article …