Panarchy Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems

ISBN-10: 1559638575

ISBN-13: 9781559638579

Edition: 2nd 2001

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Creating institutions to meet the challenge of sustainability is arguably the most important task confronting society; it is also dauntingly complex. Ecological, economic, and social elements all play a role, but despite ongoing efforts, researchers have yet to succeed in integrating the various disciplines in a way that gives adequate representation to the insights of each.Panarchy, a term devised to describe evolving hierarchical systems with multiple interrelated elements, offers an important new framework for understanding and resolving this dilemma. Panarchy is the structure in which systems, including those of nature (e.g., forests) and of humans (e.g., capitalism), as well as combined human-natural systems (e.g., institutions that govern natural resource use such as the Forest Service), are interlinked in continual adaptive cycles of growth, accumulation, restructuring, and renewal. These transformational cycles take place at scales ranging from a drop of water to the biosphere, over periods from days to geologic epochs. By understanding these cycles and their scales, researchers can identify the points at which a system is capable of accepting positive change, and can use those leverage points to foster resilience and sustainability within the system.This volume brings together leading thinkers on the subject -- including Fikret Berkes, Buz Brock, Steve Carpenter, Carl Folke, Lance Gunderson, C.S. Holling, Don Ludwig, Karl-Goran Maler, Charles Perrings, Marten Scheffer, Brian Walker, and Frances Westley -- to develop and examine the concept of panarchy and to consider how it can be applied to human, natural, and human-natural systems. Throughout, contributors seek to identify adaptive approaches to management that recognize uncertainty and encourage innovation while fostering resilience.The book is a fundamental new development in a widely acclaimed line of inquiry. It represents the first step in integrating disciplinary knowledge for the adaptive management of human-natural systems across widely divergent scales, and offers an important base of knowledge from which institutions for adaptive management can be developed. It will be an invaluable source of ideas and understanding for students, researchers, and professionals involved with ecology, conservation biology, ecological economics, environmental policy, or related fields.
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Book details

List price: $50.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 12/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 536
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Jenna Woginrich is a homesteader and the author of Barnheart, Chick Days, and Made from Scratch. She blogs at Cold Antler Farm, as well as Mother Earth News and The Huffington Post. A Pennsylvania native, she has made her home in the mountains of Tennessee, in northern Idaho, in rural Vermont, and most recently in upstate New York, where she lives with a flock of Scottish Blackface sheep, a border collie in training, chickens and geese, a hive of bees, a horse, and several amiable rabbits.

Craig R. Allen is leader of the USGS Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and associate professor in the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska. He serves on the board of directors of the Resilience Alliance and the board of editors of the journal Ecology and Society. C. S. Holling has worked at the Institute of Resource Ecology, University of British Columbia, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna. He has also held the Arthur R. Marshall Jr. Chair in Ecological Sciences at the University of Florida, where he launched a comparative study of the structure and dynamics of ecosystems in the Florida Everglades. He is a coeditor of Columbia's Barriers and Bridges to the Renewal of Regional Ecosystems.

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Boxes
Preface
Introduction
In Quest of a Theory of Adaptive Change
Theories of Change
Resilience and Adaptive Cycles
Sustainability and Panarchies
Why Systems of People and Nature Are Not Just Social and Ecological Systems
Back to the Future: Ecosystem Dynamics and Local Knowledge
The Dynamics of Political Discourse in Seeking Sustainability
Myths, Models, and Metaphors
Collapse, Learning, and Renewal
Dynamic Interaction of Societies and Ecosystems--Linking Theories from Ecology, Economy, and Sociology
A Future of Surprises
Resilience and Sustainability: The Economic Analysis of Nonlinear Dynamic Systems
Linking Theory to Practice
Resilient Rangelands--Adaptation in Complex Systems
Surprises and Sustainability: Cycles of Renewal in the Everglades
The Devil in the Dynamics: Adaptive Management on the Front Lines
Planning for Resilience: Scenarios, Surprises, and Branch Points
Summary and Synthesis
Discoveries for Sustainable Futures
Toward an Integrative Synthesis
A Model for Ecosystems with Alternative Stable States
Optimizing Social Utility from Lake Use
Tax as a Way to Direct Society
Collective Action Problems and Their Effect on Political Power
References
List of Contributors
Index
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