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The ecosystem approach : complexity, uncertainty, and managing for sustainability

Author: David Waltner-Toews; James Kay; Nina-Marie E Lister
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2008.
Series: Complexity in ecological systems series.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Ecosystem approach.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2008014964
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Waltner-Toews; James Kay; Nina-Marie E Lister
ISBN: 1283008807 9781283008808 9780231507202 0231507208
OCLC Number: 649914750
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 383 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: A Preface; Part 1; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 7; 8; Part 2; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; Part 3; 14; 15; 16; Part 4; 17; 18; 19; 20; A Tribute to James J. Kay; Appendix; Contributors; Index.
Series Title: Complexity in ecological systems series.
Responsibility: edited by David Waltner-Toews, James J. Kay, and 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 Approach is 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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A copy of The Ecosystem Approach should be placed on the desk of every engineer, manager, environmentalist, politician and teacher. -- Kyrke Gaudreau Alternatives Journal

 
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