Martor No. 21 / Year 2016

Tree Hay as Source of Economic Resilience in Traditional Social-ecological Systems from Transylvania

Authors: Tibor Hartel, Cristina Craioveanu, Kinga-Olga Réti

About the authors:

Tibor Hartel
Associate Professor, PhD., Ecosystem Services Laboratory, Department of Environmental Sciences – Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania Cluj-Napoca, Romania
E-mail: hartel.tibor at gmail dot com

Cristina Craioveanu
Lecturer, PhD., Department for Taxonomy and Ecology, Faculty of Biology, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
E-mail: christii_99 at yahoo dot com

Kinga-Olga Réti
Lecturer, PhD., Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
E-mail: retikinga at gmail dot com

Pages: 53-64.

Keywords: trees, resilience, traditional landscapes, coupled social-ecological systems, conservation policy.

Abstract:
Tree farming substantially contributes to the resilience of the farming system. In this paper we bring historical and current arguments about nutritional value of trees and how this contributed to the capacity of the farming societies to navigate environmental challenges. On this basis we highlight the need of reviving the nutritional value of trees and the tree hay related knowledge and practices. Since scattered trees on pastures can simultaneously fulfil several important roles (biodiversity, nutrition source, aesthetic and cultural values) urgent actions are needed both at the level of policies, knowledge and local scales in order to re-connect human societies with trees, for the benefit of the whole social-ecological system.

How to cite this article: Hartel, Tibor, Cristina Craioveanu and Kinga-Olga Réti. 2016. “Tree Hay as Source of Economic Resilience in Traditional Social-ecological Systems from Transylvania.” Martor 21: 53-64.

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