Week 9 Key concepts

Week 9 Key concepts - Key Concepts/Ideas: Ecology....

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Key Concepts/Ideas:  Ecology .  Ecological questions concern not only how best to interface with the environment and  contain the already existing damage to it, but also concern our basic ways of life.    Water Wars  are traditional wars and also paradigm wars: wars over how we perceive and  experience water.  Water wars involve struggles over basic values.  Is water a commodity to be  privately owned, bought and sold on the market or a public resource or commons to be shared and  distributed equitably?   Water Rights  have been shaped both by the limits of ecosystems and by the needs of people.  Riparian rights are the natural right of dwellers supported by a water system to use water.  These  rights are usufructuary rights: rights that permit the shared use but not ownership of goods and  property, like a river, deemed common.  Traditionally, usufructuary right obliges or requires in  return respect for the integrity of the resource: you may take but may not destroy or deplete. The  right to water is based on the idea that people have a right to life and the natural resources that  sustain it, such as water.   Water is a Commons  because it is the ecological basis of life and because its sustainability and 
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2009 for the course CLASS 40 taught by Professor Athanassakis during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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