Social-Ecological Resilience and Law

Paperback | February 25, 2014

EditorAhjond S. Garmestani, Craig R. Allen

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Environmental law envisions ecological systems as existing in an equilibrium state, reinforcing a rigid legal framework unable to absorb rapid environmental changes and innovations in sustainability. For the past four decades, "resilience theory," which embraces uncertainty and nonlinear dynamics in complex adaptive systems, has provided a robust, invaluable foundation for sound environmental management. Reforming American law to incorporate this knowledge is the key to sustainability. This volume features top legal and resilience scholars speaking on resilience theory and its legal applications to climate change, biodiversity, national parks, and water law.

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Environmental law envisions ecological systems as existing in an equilibrium state, reinforcing a rigid legal framework unable to absorb rapid environmental changes and innovations in sustainability. For the past four decades, "resilience theory," which embraces uncertainty and nonlinear dynamics in complex adaptive systems, has provi...

Ahjond S. Garmestani is a research scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-National Risk Management Research Laboratory.Craig R. Allen is leader and professor of the U.S. Geological Survey-Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 25, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231160593

ISBN - 13:9780231160599

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ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Social-Ecological Resilience and LawAhjond S. Garmestani, Craig R. Allen, Craig Anthony Arnold, and Lance H. Gunderson1. Wilderness Preserves: Still Relevant and Resilient After All These Years, by Sandi Zellmer and John M. Anderies2. Bringing Resilience to Wildlife Management and Biodiversity Protection, by Melinda Harm Benson and Matthew E. Hopton3. Landscape Level Management of Parks, Refuges, and Preserves for Ecosystem Resilience, by Robert L. Glicksman and Graeme S. Cumming4. Marine Protected Areas, Marine Spatial Planning, and the Resilience of Marine Ecosystems, by Robin Kundis Craig and Terry P. Hughes5. Resilience and Water Governance: Addressing Fragmentation and Uncertainty in Water Allocation and Water Quality Law, by Barbara A. Cosens and Craig A. Stow6. Institutionalized Cooperation and Resilience in Transboundary Freshwater Allocation, by Olivia Odom Green and Charles Perrings7. Ecosystem Services, Ecosystem Resilience, and Resilience of Ecosystem Management Policy, J. B. Ruhl and F. Stuart Chapin III8. Maintaining Resilience in the Face of Climate Change, by Alejandro E. Camacho and T. Douglas Beard9. Matching Scales of Law with Social-Ecological Contexts to Promote Resilience, by Jonas Ebbesson and Carl Folke10. Incorporating Resilience and Innovation into Law and Policy: A Case for Preserving a Natural Resource Legacy and Promoting a Sustainable Future, by Tarsha Eason, Alyson C. Flournoy, Heriberto Cabezas, and Michael A. Gonzalez11. Adaptive Law, Craig Anthony Arnold and Lance H. Gunderson12. The Integration of Social-Ecological Resilience and Law, by Ahjond S. Garmestani, Craig R. Allen, J. B. Ruhl, and C. S. HollingContributorsIndex

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Social-Ecological Resilience and Law turns compelling theories into practical suggestions for building a more resilient future and should be read by academics and policymakers alike.