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Ecosystem Approach Complexity, Uncertainty, and Managing for Sustainability

ISBN-10: 0231132506

ISBN-13: 9780231132503

Edition: 2008

Authors: David Waltner-Toews, James Kay, Nina-Marie E. Lister

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Is sustainable development a workable solution for today's environmental problems? Is it scientifically defensible? Best known for applying ecological theory to the engineering problems of everyday life, the late scholar James J. Kay was a leader in the study of social and ecological complexity and the thermodynamics of ecosystems. Drawing from his immensely important work, as well as the research of his students and colleagues, The Ecosystem Approachis a guide to the aspects of complex systems theories relevant to social-ecological management. Advancing a methodology that is rooted in good theory and practice, this book features case studies conducted in the Arctic and Africa, in Canada and Kathmandu, and in the Peruvian Amazon, Chesapeake Bay, and Chennai, India. Applying a systems approach to concrete environmental issues, this volume is geared toward scientists, engineers, and sustainable development scholars and practitioners who are attuned to the ideas of the Resilience Alliance-an international group of scientists who take a more holistic view of ecology and environmental problem-solving. Chapters cover the origins and rebirth of the ecosystem approach in ecology; the bridging of science and values; the challenge of governance in complex systems; systemic and participatory approaches to management; and the place for cultural diversity in the quest for global sustainability.
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Book details

List price: $150.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 8/11/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 408
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

<p class="biography" <b Dr. David Waltner-Toews</b is a veterinarian and epidemiologist specializing in diseases people get from animals. He is a professor at the University of Guelph, founding president of Veterinarians without Borders/V�t�rinaires sans Fronti�res Canada, and author of numerous books of poetry and nonfiction. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario.</p

Preface
Some theoretical bases for a new ecosystem approach
An Introduction to Systems Thinking
Framing the Situation: Developing a system description
Scale and type: a requirement for addressing complexity with dynamical quality
Self-Organizing
So what changes? Implications of complexity for an ecosystem approach to management
Bridging Science and Values: The Challenge of Biodiversity
The cultural basis for an ecosystem approach
A Family of Origin for an Ecosystem Approach to Managing for Sustainability Martin Bunch
Case studies: Learning by Doing
Linking hard and soft systems in local development Reg Noble
Human Activity and the Ecosystem Approach: The contribution of Soft Systems Methodology to managing the Cooum River in Chennai
Landscape Perspectives on Agroecosystem Health in the Great Lakes Basin
An Agroecosystem Health case study in the Central Highlands of Kenya
Food, by Floods and Farming: an Ecosystem Approach to Human Health on the Peruvian Amazon frontier Tamsyn Murray
Managing for Sustainability: Meeting the Challenges
Implementing an Ecosystem Approach: The Diamond and AMESH
Return to Kathmandu: A Post-Hoc Application of AMESH
Tools for Learning: monitoring and indicator development
Where to from here? Some challenges for a new science in an uncertain world
Beyond complex systems - Emergent complexity and social solidarity
Third World inequity, by critical political economy and an ecosystem approach
An Ecosystem Approach for sustaining ecological integrity--but which ecological integrity?
The water or the wave? Toward an ecosystem approach for cross-cultural dialogue on the Whanganui River, by New Zealand Charlotte Helen Sunde A Tribute
Hierarchy and holonocracy
Index