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Conservation of Resources, Old Fashioned Style
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Autor:  andinia2 [ Lun Dic 26, 2011 1:59 pm ]
Asunto:  Conservation of Resources, Old Fashioned Style

Natural resources have a weak spot: If we even take renovation for granted thanks to natural mechanisms, they take time, and if those resources are not well managed in the meantime, such mechanics could be broken, the cycle interrupted and thus, renewable resources become extinct. All it takes is a little unreasonable management over sufficient time.


Prudent survivors and explores manage their resources with care; food and provisions should
never be treated lightly.


Several stories told by survivors that had to spend some time in isolated islands elsewhere seem to point to the fact that this might be more common than initially thought even when the problem is known and participants try to do something about the issue: In many cases such survivors found themselves unable to keep resources and had to abandon their islands for others, generally crossing atoll lagoons or hopping among reefs. Indeed, this means that if you ever find yourself in such a situation, resource management should become your main priority.

When humans changed their nomadic lifestyle for sedentarism, only the development of agriculture and rural work saved them from certain doom. Putting together a relatively large number of people in one place could easily deplete local resources in the way we just described; thus, agriculture and farming became indispensable. Some ancient societies perished, others managed to survive, and a few really thrived. Among those,, the ones found in Middle East seems to have been the most apt and efficient ones simply because they survived for long enough to develop the means necessary to leave a mark in history.

The fact that it is there where writing, literature, accountancy and even law were invented is not a coincidence. Those societies had a competitive advantage over others: They understood the importance of social order. Sumerians, Accadians, Assyrians and others managed dominance at their time thanks to the leadership of their priests and chieftains. Sumerians, for example, evolved a full scale hierarchy of bureaucrats and managers.

And curiously enough, one of the less known positions, albeit of significant importance, was that of an Enku; an Enku was some kind of port captain, in charge of collecting proceeds for taxes from fishermen, but was also in charge of assigning roles and duties, fishing areas and other resources to local fishermen. He was clearly in charge of administering the local resources.

It is important to consider that for Sumerians, fish was an important part of the daily diet; they also ate cereal an dairy products, so keeping in order their rivers and coastal fishing areas was very important. What apparently was a minor job was, in reality, a very significant position, for in times of duress or after harvests ended badly, the local Enku was all the people of a region had to survive.

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