Political ecologist and Urban Planning Professor Susanna Hecht argues that human activity has affected the environment in sometimes positive ways. In an interview in Yale’s Environment 360, she talks about the conservation values of inhabited environments. She says “There has been a recognition that inhabited environments can have major conservation values. If we have lots of people with forests we should be thrilled. And we should be really thrilled when the forest comes back, because we have a narrative that it doesn’t.” She argues that it’s time to start thinking about a new strategy for the world’s forests, that focuses less on setting aside preserves for wildlife and biodiversity and more on the unprotected areas where people live.
Read the full interview here: http://e360.yale.edu