Matching Scales of Law with Social-Ecological Contexts to Promote Resilience

Author(s): Ebbesson, J. and C. Folke
In: Social-Ecological Resilience and Law
Year: 2014
Type: Book chapter
Theme affiliation: Patterns of the Anthropocene
Link to centre authors: Folke, Carl
Full reference: Ebbesson, J. and C. Folke. 2014. Matching Scales of Law with Social-Ecological Contexts to Promote Resilience in Garmestani, A.s. and C.R. Allen. eds. Social-Ecological Resilience and Law. Columbia University Press. New York.

Summary

In an increasingly globalized world interactions are speeding up, not only between people but also between humans and the environment. Societies today are not only connected through legal, political, economic and technical systems, but also through the fundamental life-support system that we call the biosphere.

In this book chapter centre science director Carl Folke and board member Jonas Ebbesson argue that it is time for lawyers and legal systems to start tackling the global and fundamental challenges that humanity is now facing.

They introduce the concept of "legal resilience building" as a framework for shifting human development in a direction where we start working with rather than against the environment.

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