Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceans

ISBN-10: 1597261556

ISBN-13: 9781597261555

Edition: 2nd 2009

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Conventional management approaches cannot meet the challenges faced by ocean and coastal ecosystems today. Consequently, national and international bodies have called for a shift toward more comprehensive ecosystem-based marine management. Synthesizing a vast amount of current knowledge,Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceansis a comprehensive guide to utilizing this promising new approach. At its core, ecosystem-based management (EBM) is about acknowledging connections. Instead of focusing on the impacts of single activities on the delivery of individual ecosystem services, EBM focuses on the array of services that we receive from marine systems, the interactive and cumulative effects of multiple human activities on these coupled ecological and social systems, and the importance of working towards common goals across sectors.Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceansprovides a conceptual framework for students and professionals who want to understand and utilize this powerful approach. And it employs case studies that draw on the experiences of EBM practitioners to demonstrate how EBM principles can be applied to real-world problems. The book emphasizes the importance of understanding the factors that contribute to social and ecological resilience the extent to which a system can maintain its structure, function, and identity in the face of disturbance. Utilizing the resilience framework, professionals can better predict how systems will respond to a variety of disturbances, as well as to a range of management alternatives.Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceanspresents the latest science of resilience, while it provides tools for the design and implementation of responsive EBM solutions.
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Book details

List price: $49.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 5/22/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.628

Karen L. McLeod is the Director of Science for the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS) at Oregon State University. Heather M. Leslie is the Peggy and Henry D. Sharpe Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology at Brown University.

Forward: Lessons from the Ice Bear
Preface: A Puget Sound Story
Acknowledgments
Setting the Stage
Why Ecosystem-Based Management?
What Do Managers Need?
Conceptual Basis for Ecosystem-Based Management
The Oceans as Peopled Seascapes
Resilience Science
Ecological Cross-Scale Interactions
Valuing Ecosystem Services
Connecting Concepts to Practice
Monitoring and Evaluation
Ecosystem Service Trade-offs
Integrating Local and Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Building the Legal and Institutional Framework
Marine Ecosystem-Based Management in Practice
Morro Bay, California, USA
Puget Sound, Washington, USA
Gulf of California, Mexico
Eastern Scotian Shelf, Canada
Chesapeake Bay, USA
Lessons from National-Level Implementation Across the World
State of Practice
Looking Ahead
Toward a New Ethic for the Oceans
Ways Forward
About the Editors
Contributor Biographies
Index
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