Natural Experiments Ecosystem-Based Management and the Environment

ISBN-10: 0262622149
ISBN-13: 9780262622141
Edition: 2008
Authors: Judith A. Layzer
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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 7/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Scholars, scientists, and policymakers have hailed ecosystem-based management (EBM) as a remedy for the perceived shortcomings of the centralized, top-down, expert-driven environmental regulatory framework established in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s. EBM entails collaborative, landscape-scale planning and flexible, adaptive implementation. But although scholars have analyzed aspects of EBM for more than a decade, until now there has been no systematic empirical study of the overall approach. In Natural Experiments,Judith Layzer provides a detailed assessment of whether EBM delivers in practice the environmental benefits it promises in theory. She does this by examining four nationally known EBM initiatives (the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Program in Austin, Texas, the San Diego Multiple Species Program, the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, and the California Bay-Delta Program) and three comparison cases that used more conventional regulatory approaches (Arizona's Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan and efforts to restore Florida's Kissimmee River and California's Mono Basin). Layzer concludes that projects that set goals based on stakeholder collaboration, rather than through conventional politics, are less likely to result in environmental improvement, largely because the pursuit of consensus drives planners to avoid controversy and minimize short-term costs. Layzer's resolutely practical focus cuts through the ideological and theoretical arguments for and against EBM to identify strategies that hold genuine promise for restoring the ecological resilience of our landscapes.

Judith A. Layzer is assistant professor of environmental policy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on U.S. environmental politics, particularly on the role of science and the use of ecosystem management and other collaborative approaches to environmental policy.

Series Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Why Ecosystem-Based Management?
Setting Aside Habitat for Songbirds, Salamanders, and Spiders in Austin, Texas
Saving San Diego's Coastal Sage Scrub
Restoring South Florida's River of Grass
Averting Ecological Collapse in California's Bay-Delta
Conserving the Sonoran Desert in Pima County, Arizona
Re-creating Central Florida's Meandering Kissimmee River
Making History in the Mono Basin
Ecosystem-Based Management and the Environment
Notes
References
Index

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