Veronica Dujon is a sociology professor at Portland State University. She teaches and conducts research in environmental sociology with a focus on contests over declining natural resources, conditions that give rise to resolutions, and the institutional frameworks that support adaptation strategies.

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Policymakers and resource managers often frame ecosystem services management challenges as a matter of protecting natural areas outside of cities. Assuring good stewardship of nature’s services in rural areas is indeed crucial but is only part of the solution. Over 50 percent of the world’s human population now resides in urban areas, a figure …

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