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The Ecosystem Approach: Complexity, Uncertainty, and Managing for Sustainability

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Is sustainable development a workable solution for today's environmental problems? Is it scientifically defensible? Best known for applying ecological theory to the engineering problems of everyday life, the late scholar James J. Kay was a leader in the study of social and ecological complexity and the thermodynamics of ecosystems. Drawing from his immensely important work, as well as the research of his students and colleagues, The Ecosystem Approachis a guide to the aspects of complex systems theories relevant to social-ecological management. Advancing a methodology that is rooted in good theory and practice, this book features case studies conducted in the Arctic and Africa, in Canada and Kathmandu, and in the Peruvian Amazon, Chesapeake Bay, and Chennai, India. Applying a systems approach to concrete environmental issues, this volume is geared toward scientists, engineers, and sustainable development scholars and practitioners who are attuned to the ideas of the Resilience Alliance-an international group of scientists who take a more holistic view of ecology and environmental problem-solving. Chapters cover the origins and rebirth of the ecosystem approach in ecology; the bridging of science and values; the challenge of governance in complex systems; systemic and participatory approaches to management; and the place for cultural diversity in the quest for global sustainability.

Table of Contents

Pt.I: Some Theoretical Bases for a New Ecosystem Approach — Pt.II: Case Studies: Learning by Doing — Pt.III: Managing for Sustainablility: Meeting the Challenges — Pt.IV: Where to go from Here? Some Challenges for a New Science in an Uncertain World.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231507202
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Edited by:
David Waltner-Toews
Author:
Kay, James J.
Author:
Lister, Nina-Marie
Author:
Waltner-Toews, David
Author:
James J. Kay
Author:
Lister, Nina-Marie E.
Author:
Waltner-Toews, David
Author:
Kay, James
Author:
David Waltner-Toews
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
System Theory
Subject:
Ecosystem management
Subject:
Ecological integrity
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Subject:
Science : Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
September 2008
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
408

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