Institutional Impediments: Bioregional Solutions
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Value systems, behavioural norms and institutions are all interconnected. Past values and 'acceptable' social practices shaped our current institutions and changing social values will drive the evolution of future institutions. I use the term 'institution' in the broad sense to include social norms, customs and practices, as well as more formally structured institutions such as government, agencies and private or corporate organisations. Understandably, many of our current institutions developed to serve quite different purposes, rather than for collectively managing natural resources and ourselves in a sustainable manner at multiple spatial and temporal scales. The fundamental question is whether current institutions have outlived their usefulness. Are existing institutions flexible enough to adapt to large-scale (and multiple-scale) ecosystem management approaches, or are new institutions reqUired? For example, it has become an institution throughout much of the USA, Australia, and elsewhere to emphasise the rights of the individual over the longer-term interests of the community.