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Social networks and environmental management at multiple levels: soil conservation in Sumatra

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:06:13 GMT

Many agrarian communities in developing countries suffer from insufficient productivity and use farming practices that deteriorate the environment both locally and globally. Research suggests that social networks play a role in environmental management, different studies emphasize different aspects of network structures, and the implications of the scales at which networks operate are not explicitly discussed. Here, I ask what types of social structures in farmer networks are conducive to environmental protection and agricultural productivity enhancement, and I show that the answer depends on the scale of the investigation.

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The results highlight the need for environmental management policies to be based on research at multiple scales and demonstrate that, counter-intuitively, increasing global economic interconnectivity may, in some cases, stimulate the adoption of conservation practices via local social networks.


Matous, P. 2015. Social networks and environmental management at multiple levels: soil conservation in Sumatra. Ecology and Society 20(3):37.
http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-07816-200337



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