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Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World

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Increasingly, cracks are appearing in the capacity of communities, ecosystems, and landscapes to provide the goods and services that sustain our planet's well-being. The response from most quarters has been for "more of the same" that created the situation in the first place: more control, more intensification, and greater efficiency. Resilience Thinking offers a different way of understanding the world and a new approach to managing resources. It embraces human and natural systems as complex entities continually adapting through cycles of change, and seeks to understand the qualities of a system that must be maintained or enhanced in order to achieve sustainability. It explains why greater efficiency by itself cannot solve resource problems and offers a constructive alternative that opens up options rather than closing them down.

In Resilience Thinking, scientist Brian Walker and science writer David Salt present an accessible introduction to the emerging paradigm of resilience. The book arose out of appeals from colleagues in science and industry for a plainly written account of what resilience is all about and how a resilience approach differs from current practices. Rather than complicated theory, the book offers a conceptual overview along with five case studies of resilience thinking in the real world. It is an engaging and important work for anyone interested in managing risk in a complex world.

About the Author

Brian Walker is past Chief of Australia's CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology and is currently the Program Director of the Resilience Alliance. He spent the first 30 years of his professional life studying how ecosystems function, and the last 10 studying the dynamics of linked social-ecological systems.David Salt is a science writer and editor with 18 years experience writing and producing popular science magazines and newsletters for a wide range of audiences. He served as Communications Manager at CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology (while Brian Walker was Chief).

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

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Chapter 1. Living in a Complex World: An Introduction to Resilience Thinking

-Case Study 1: Carving up a National Icon: The Florida Everglades

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Chapter 2. The System Rules: Creating a Mind Space for Resilience Thinking

-Case Study 2: Between a (Salt) Rock and a Hard Place: The Goulburn-Broken Catchment, Australia

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Chapter 3. Crossing the Threshold: Be Careful about the Path You Chooseand#151;You May Not Be Able to Return

-Case Study 3: Losing the Jewel in the Crown: The Coral Reefs of the Caribbean

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Chapter 4. In the Loop: Phases, Cycles, and Scalesand#151;Adaptive Cycles and How Systems Change

-Case Study 4: Scenarios on the Lakes: The Northern Highlands Lake District, Wisconsin

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Chapter 5. Making Sense of Resilience: How Do You Apply Resilience Thinking?

-Case Study 5: Building Resilience in the Wetlands: The Kristianstads Vattenrike, Sweden

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Chapter 6. Creating Space in a Shrinking World: Resilience and Sustainability

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Postscript for a Resilient World

Further Reading

References

Glossary

About the Authors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597260930
Author:
Brian Walker and David Salt
Publisher:
Island Press
Foreword by:
Reid, Walter
Foreword:
Reid, Walter
Author:
Walker, Brian
Author:
Reid, Walter
Author:
Salt, David
Author:
Walker, B. H.
Subject:
Management
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
System Theory
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Sustainable Development
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
August 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
figures, photos, maps, boxes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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