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The Human Landscape

The benefits that are derived from landscapes depend not just on what kinds of ecosystems are present, but also on who uses them and how.

The ways in which people utilize benefits from the landscapes around them can depend on cultural preferences, age, and many other social factors.
Economic status and the primary economic activities of a region are closely intertwined with the ways that communities interact with their natural surroundings.
Because land use is influenced by economics, demographics, social values, and natural ecosystem properties, land use information helps to reveal how our activities are both shaped by, and impact, ecosystems.