Synthesis and Conclusion: Applying Greening in Red Zones

  • Keith G. Tidball
  • Elon D. WeinsteinEmail author
  • Marianne E. Krasny


The authors posit that the critical question for the post-disaster and post-conflict policy-making community may be whether their actions foster or inhibit individual and societal expressions of urgent biophilia and restorative sense of place. The authors argue that inhibiting such expression may aggravate a disaster or conflict scenario, whereas the evidence presented in the case studies in the book Greening in the Red Zone suggests that fostering such expression releases a series of cascading effects whereby humans rebuild a sense of personal equilibrium, restore and reconcile their place in the ecosystem, create anew a sense of community and of place, and put into motion the first steps toward restoring a healthier social-ecological system. The authors call upon policy makers to consider the role of participatory natural resource management—or of greening—in responses to disaster and conflict.


Social-ecological system resilience Post-conflict and post-disaster policy Path dependencies Greening 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith G. Tidball
    • 1
  • Elon D. Weinstein
    • 2
    Email author
  • Marianne E. Krasny
    • 1
  1. 1.Civic Ecology Lab, Department of Natural ResourcesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.International Sustainable Systems (IS2)Washington, DCUSA

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