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Lucía Bergós, Florencia Grattarola, Juan Manuel Barreneche, Daniel Hernández and Solana González


Rural Uruguay is undergoing a long process of transformations that tend to weaken the maintenance of local cultural traits, including society-nature relationships. To preserve these traits and enhance our understanding of these relationships, it is necessary to both strive for the empowering of rural communities and to establish a constructive exchange of knowledge. JULANA (an acronym from the Spanish for “Playing in Nature”) works towards these goals through the dialogue of the different conceptions of nature and society. This work presents an experience in collaborative-learning, the participatory monitoring project named Fogones de Fauna carried out in the village of Paso Centurión, along with reflections on the value of JULANA’s work and education.


Doriana Daroit and Luis Felipe Nascimento

The connection between nature and society configures a field in which nature, society and economy must be studied together. Such a relationship unveils different approaches and interpretations about environmental questions and their management in organisations. In order to understand this field, one must move beyond descriptions into studies that promote questioning, thus leading to transformations in management and production regimes. This study discusses environmental management from management, economy and sociology perspectives. Data were collected from ISO9000 companies, in the Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil. The literature review highlights the efficiency criteria used by the Scientific Management and in the works of Herbert Simon, the concept of Transaction Costs Economics derived from Coase, Williamson and North, and discusses the importance of conflicts and power in environmental decision making and action implementation. Data analysis shows that all presented theories may contribute in different manners to the comprehension of nature-society relationships.

Eugene N. Lisitsyn

nature-society relationships into a unified "Ecological Code". 2.1 Environmental Law Present USSR legislation is reflected in a national systematization of all enforced laws published regularly; this compendium is called "The USSR Digest of Laws" (Svod Zakonov SSSR, hereinafter SZ). A spe- cial section

The Complexities of Water Disaster Adaptation

Evidence from Quang Binh Province, Vietnam

Mogens Buch-Hansen, Luu Bich Ngoc, Man Quang Huy and Tran Ngoc Anh

affects humans in different ways. In this view, nature-society relationships are conceptualised in terms of mutuality, rather than duality, which enables a far broader conceptualisation of climate change which emphasises its connection to multiple change processes (ibid.: 76). Several scholars have

Joan Debardeleben

Landeskultur to include both passive (conserving) and active (regulating use) aspects of the nature-society relationship, while Umweltschutz presumably is concerned more directly with avoidance and redress ot' damage done to nature. See G. N. Polianskaia, "Poniatie okhrany prirody i prirodookh- ranitel