oa Alternation - Introduction nature and people

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The association between nature and people are varied and complex, as illustrated in the array of articles presented in this issue. The focus on nature and power as an overarching theme of the two issues allude to the myriad of influences that human-beings exert over the earth's natural resource base. It also suggests the increasing control we have in influencing how we relate to and use the natural resource base in the future. Some of the articles also underscore a clear warning: that nature has the power to fight back! This is most noticeable in the increasing concern over global warming and problems associated with invasive/ alien species. The need for understanding how ecosystems function and respond to changes is advocated by Ashton et al. (2005:449) who also state that 'ecological processes are important from a human-needs perspective, for the goods and services they provide'.

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