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Today's natural resource managers must be able to navigate among the complicated interactions and conflicting interests of diverse stakeholders and decisionmakers. Technical and scientific knowledge, though necessary, are not sufficient. Science is merely one component in a multifaceted world of decision making. And while the demands of resource management have changed greatly, natural resource education and textbooks have not. Until now.

Ecosystem Management represents a different kind of textbook for a different kind of course. It offers a new and exciting approach that engages students in active problem solving by using detailed landscape scenarios that reflect the complex issues and conflicting interests that face today's resource managers and scientists. Focusing on the application of the sciences of ecology and conservation biology to real-world concerns, it emphasizes the intricate ecological, socioeconomic, and institutional matrix in which natural resource management functions, and illustrates how to be more effective in that challenging arena.

Each chapter is rich with exercises to help facilitate problem-based learning. The main text is supplemented by boxes and figures that provide examples, perspectives, definitions, summaries, and learning tools, along with a variety of essays written by practitioners with on-the-ground experience in applying the principles of ecosystem management.

Accompanying the textbook is an instructor's manual that provides a detailed overview of the book and specific guidance on designing a course around it.

Ecosystem Management grew out of a training course developed and presented by the authors for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at its National Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. In 20 offerings to more than 600 natural resource professionals, the authors learned a great deal about what is needed to function successfully as a professional resource manager. The book offers important insights and a unique perspective dervied from that invaluable experience.

Book News Annotation:

Meffe (wildlife ecology and conservation, U. of Florida), Nielsen (College of Natural Resources, North Carolina State U.), Knight (wildlife conservation, Colorado State U), and Schenborn (Washington State Department of Natural Resources) present a textbook that developed out of a course that the National Conservation Training Center of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They present the information in an integrated context, presenting problems first and then demonstrating the application of ecology and conservation biology to the problems within the socioeconomic and institutional matrix surrounding the scenarios. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Ecosystem Management represents a different kind of textbook for a different kind of course. It offers a new and exciting approach that engages students in active problem solving by using detailed landscape scenarios that reflect the complex issues and conflicting interests that face today's resource managers and scientists.

Synopsis:

Today's natural resource managers must be able to navigate among the complicated interactions and conflicting interests of decisionmakers and diverse stakeholders, ranging from regulators to representatives of interest groups to members of local communities. Technical and scientific knowledge, though necessary, are not sufficient; science is merely one component in a multifaceted world of decision making. And while the demands of resource management have changed greatly, natural resource education and textbooks have not. Until now.<P> Ecosystem Management represents a different kind of textbook for a different kind of course. It offers a new and exciting approach that engages students in active problem solving using detailed landscape scenarios that reflect the complex issues and conflicting interests that face today's resource managers and scientists. Focusing on the applicationof the sciences of ecology and conservation biology to real-world problems, it emphasizes the intricate ecological, socioeconomic, and institutional matrix in which natural resource management functions, and illustrates how to be more effective in that challenging arena.<P> Accompanying the textbook is an instructor's manual that provides a detailed overview of the book and specific guidance on designing a course around it, including learning objectives, issues that may arise from the material, supplementary teaching activities, in-depth discussion of each exercise, teaching devices to help illustrate each chapter, sample test questions, and relevant website addresses.

About the Author

Garry K. Meffe is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida and Editor of the international journal Conservation Biology. Larry A. Nielsen is a fisheries biologist and Dean of the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University. Richard L. Knight is Professor of Wildlife Conservation at Colorado State University, and Co-editor of Stewardship Across Boundaries (Island Press, 1998) and A New Century for Natural Resources Management (Island Press, 1995). Dennis A. Schenborn is Chief of Planning and Budget for the Bureau of Fisheries Management and Habitat Protection of the Wisconsin State Department of Natural Resources.

Table of Contents

Preface

About the Authors

Essay Contributors

Introduction: New Approaches for a New Millennium

Part 1: The Conceptual Toolbox

1. The Landscape Scenarios

The ROLE Model

SnowPACT

PDQ Revival

2. Getting a Grip on Ecosystem Management

The Evolution of Natural Resource Management Toward Ecosystem Management

A Model of Ecosystem Management

A Closer Look at Ecosystem Management

Information, Organizational Behavior and Command and Control

3. Incorporating Uncertainty and Complexity into Management

Sources of Complexity and Uncertainty in Natural Resource Management

Dealing with Complexity and Uncertainty

4. Adaptive Management

Adaptive Management: Another Way to Learn

Active Adaptive Management

Passive Adaptive Management

Adaptive Management as Documented Trial and Error

Conditions Necessary for Successful Adaptive Management

Part II. The Biological and Ecological Background

5. Genetic Diversity in Ecosystem Management

What is Genetic Diversity?

How is Genetic Diversity Lost?

The Loss of Allelic Richness

The Role of Genetics in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

6. Issues Regarding Populations and Species

The Species

The Roles of Species in Science and Policy

Connecting Populations and Species to Landscapes

7. Populations and Communities at the Landscape Level

Single-Species Management

Managing for Species Communities

8. Landscape-Level Conservation

Habitat Fragmentation

Mosaic and Matrix

9. Managing Biodiversity Across Landscapes: A Manager's Dilemma

Ecosystems or Species? Coarse-Filter and Fine-Filter Approaches

Landscape-Level Considerations That Protect Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Working Across Administrative Boundaries

HCPs: Protecting Biodiversity While Promoting Competition

Part III. The Human Dimensions

10. Working in Human Communities

The Success Triangle

Stakeholder Identification and Assessment

Techniques for Stakeholder Involvement

Keys to Successful Collaboration

Three Little Words

11. Strategic Approaches to Ecosystem Management

Characteristics of Strategic Management

A Simple Strategic Management Model

The Strategic-Thinking Step

12. Evaluation

The Context for Evaluation

Formative Evaluation

Process Evaluation

Summative Evaluation

Glossary

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559638241
Subtitle:
Adaptive, Community-Based Conservation
Author:
Meffe, Gary K.
Author:
Richard L. Knight Dennis A. Schenborn
Author:
Nielsen, Larry A.
Author:
Schenborn, Dennis
Author:
Dennis A. Schenborn, Richard L. Knight
Author:
Nielson, Larry
Author:
Nielsen, Larry
Author:
Meffe, Garry K.
Author:
Meffe, Gary
Author:
Knight, Richard L.
Author:
Schenborn, Dennis A.
Publisher:
Island Press
Location:
Washington, DC
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Ecosystem management
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
838-17
Publication Date:
20130401
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Ecosystem Management represents a different kind of textbook for a different kind of course. It offers a new and exciting approach that engages students in active problem solving by using detailed landscape scenarios that reflect the complex issues and conflicting interests that face today's resource managers and scientists.
"Synopsis" by , Today's natural resource managers must be able to navigate among the complicated interactions and conflicting interests of decisionmakers and diverse stakeholders, ranging from regulators to representatives of interest groups to members of local communities. Technical and scientific knowledge, though necessary, are not sufficient; science is merely one component in a multifaceted world of decision making. And while the demands of resource management have changed greatly, natural resource education and textbooks have not. Until now.<P> Ecosystem Management represents a different kind of textbook for a different kind of course. It offers a new and exciting approach that engages students in active problem solving using detailed landscape scenarios that reflect the complex issues and conflicting interests that face today's resource managers and scientists. Focusing on the applicationof the sciences of ecology and conservation biology to real-world problems, it emphasizes the intricate ecological, socioeconomic, and institutional matrix in which natural resource management functions, and illustrates how to be more effective in that challenging arena.<P> Accompanying the textbook is an instructor's manual that provides a detailed overview of the book and specific guidance on designing a course around it, including learning objectives, issues that may arise from the material, supplementary teaching activities, in-depth discussion of each exercise, teaching devices to help illustrate each chapter, sample test questions, and relevant website addresses.
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