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Social-Ecological Security and International Law in the Anthropocene

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The notion of security has changed significantly in international contexts since the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, in Stockholm 1972, so as to include social-ecological concerns even at the global scale. This change is paralleled by the increasing attention to mankind's position, impact and responsibility in a global environmental context, even to suggest that we are entering into a new geological epoch where mankind is 'a major environmental force': The Anthropocene. This chapter explores international law and policy for social-ecological security in light of the notion of the Anthropocene and the planetary boundaries. In addition to planetary boundaries, international law and policy on social-ecological security must take into account the equitable distribution of burdens and benefits related to health, the environment, 'eco-services' and resource uses within any boundary.

Keywords: eco-services; international law; obal environmental context; planetary boundaries; social-ecological concerns; Stockholm; The Anthropocene; United Nations Conference



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