Environmental Decision-Making in Context A Toolbox

ISBN-10: 1439885753
ISBN-13: 9781439885758
Edition: 2012
Authors: Chad J. McGuire
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 4/25/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 218
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

There is a constant drive for greater specialization when it comes to environmental problems. This book provides stakeholders from various backgrounds with the ability to place environmental problems and solutions within a common framework from which decisions can be made. It focuses on considerations from three primary areas of influence on environmental decision making: science, economics, and values. It presents the questions, issues, and problems that need to be addressed by today's environmental specialists. The text also includes case studies to illustrate the analytical reasoning required to employ contextually sound environmental decision-making.

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction
Science of Environmental Decision-Making
Introduction
Natural Systems
Ecosystem Principles
Components: Biotic and Abiotic
Services Provided: Provisioning, Regulating, Cultural
Biodiversity
Definitions
Interactions
Importance
Ecosystem-Based Management
Definition and Purpose
Role in Environmental Management
Examples in Environmental Policy Management Techniques
Systems Thinking
Box Modeling: Wrapping Our Heads around the Problem
Underlying Scientific Principles
E = mc<sup>2</sup>, or the Relationship between Energy and Matter (Mass-Energy Equivalence)
Equilibrium Theory, or dC/dT = 0
Parts of the Box in Context: Inflows, Outflows, and Feedback Mechanisms
Conclusion
References
Economics of Environmental Decision-Making
Introduction
Categories of Economics Relevant to Environmental Decision-Making
Natural Resource Economics
Ecological Economics
The Role of Discounting, Substitution, and Trade-Offs
Defining Value: Linking Environment and Human Interactions
Measurements of Well-Being and Progress
Gross Domestic Product
Alternatives
Total Valuation Technique (Tv = Dv + Iv + Nuv)
Direct Values (Dvs)
Indirect Values (Ivs)
Nonuse Values (Nuvs)
Benefit-Cost Analysis
Conclusion
References
Values of Environmental Decision-Making
Introduction
Objective Values
Risk Assessment and the Role of Science
Quantification Methods
Subjective Values
Emotion and Public Outrage
NIMBY and Other Perceived Values
Scaling Value Decisions
Values and Individual Decision-Making
Self-Interest
Learning Dynamics
Values and Multiparty Decision-Making
Consensus Building and Majority Voting
Other Collective Value System Considerations
Conclusion
References
Case Problems
Introduction to Case Problems
Case Problem 1. Watershed Management: Linking Terrestrial and Aquatic Environmental Problems
Relevant Information
Hints for Analysis
Case Problem 2. Fisheries Management: Managing Public Resources through a Mix of Private Incentives
Current Government Fishery Policy
Alternative Policy 1
Alternative Policy 2
Alternative Policy 3
Hints for Analysis
Case Problem 3. Sustainability: Setting Priorities between Today and Tomorrow, a Total Valuation Application
Current Policy
Alternative 1
Alternative 2
Alternative 3
Hints for Analysis
Case Problem 4. Climate Change: Making Environmental Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty
Hints for Analysis
Index

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