The Predicament of Ecological-Economic Valuation and the Need for Linkage Through an Institutional Framework

  • H. Thomas
  • R. Mark
Part of the Einstein Meets Magritte: An Interdisciplinary Reflection on Science, Nature, Art, Human Action and Society book series (EMMA, volume 5)


Human societies have evolved from small scale subsistence to the present state of globally interdependent societies. This development has transformed not only societies in terms of their scale but also ecological systems (ecosystems) which have been substituted by human induced environments in order to provide natural resources and space to societies. This ancient drive to survive and improve the well-being of humans is increasingly becoming ecologically unsustainable. Economic development is being made at the expense of the health of ecosystems, reflected in the reduction of biodiversity, resilience, etc.


Temporal Scale Economic System Institutional Framework Economic Agent Industrial Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Thomas
    • 1
  • R. Mark
    • 1
  1. 1.Natural Resources Management Department of Systems EcologyStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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