Resilience Practice Building Capacity to Absorb Disturbance and Maintain Function

ISBN-10: 1597268011
ISBN-13: 9781597268011
Edition: 2012
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 8/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

In 2006,Resilience Thinkingaddressed an essential question: As the natural systems that sustain us are subjected to shock after shock, how much can they take and still deliver the services we need from them? This idea caught the attention of both the scientific community and the general public.InResilience Practice, authors Brian Walker and David Salt take the notion of resilience one step further, applying resilience thinking to real-world situations and exploring how systems can be managed to promote and sustain resilience.The book begins with an overview and introduction to resilience thinking and then takes the reader through the process of describing systems, assessing their resilience, and intervening as appropriate. Following each chapter is a case study of a different type of social-ecological system and how resilience makes a difference to that system in practice. The final chapters explore resilience in other arenas, including on a global scale. Resilience Practicewill help people with an interest in the “coping capacity” of systems—from farms and catchments to regions and nations—to better understand how resilience thinking can be put into practice. It offers an easy-to-read but scientifically robust guide through the real-world application of the concept of resilience and is a must read for anyone concerned with the management of systems at any scale.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Preparing for Practice: The Essence of Resilience Thinking
Thresholds on the Range: A Safe Operating Space for Grazing Enterprises
Describing the System
From Taos to Bali and Sri Lanka: Traditional Irrigation at the Crossroads
Assessing Resilience
Assessing Resilience for "the Plan": The Namoi and Central West Catchment Management Authorities
Managing Resilience
People and Pen Shells, Marine Parks and Rules: Why Governance Is Central to the Resilience of Coastal Fisheries
Practicing Resilience in Different Ways
Out of the Swamp: Lessons from Big Wetlands
A Resilient World
Postscript: A View from the Northwest Passage
References
Glossary
About the Authors
Index

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