Systemic Management: Sustainable Human Interactions with Ecosystems and the Biosphere

Paperback | May 15, 2010

byCharles W. Fowler

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Systemic Management describes a holistic, objective, and universally applicable form of management, providing a framework for addressing environmental challenges such as global warming, emergent diseases, deforestation, overpopulation, the extinction crisis, pollution, over-fishing, andhabitat destruction. Its goals are the consistently sustainable relationships between humans and ecosystems, between humans and other species, and between humans and the biosphere. This book presents a convincing argument that these goals, and the means to achieve them, can be inferred fromempirical information. It describes how comparisons between humans and other species reveal patterns that can serve to guide management toward true sustainability, i.e. ways that are empirically observed to work in natural systems. This objective approach has rarely been possible in conventionalmanagement because sustainability is invariably undermined by conflicting human values.Systemic Management is presented as a specialized process of pattern-based decision-making that avoids the inconsistency, subjectivity and error in current management practice. It clearly demonstrates how mimicking nature's empirical examples of sustainability can circumvent anthropocentrictendencies to overuse/misuse human values in management, and illustrates the science best suited for achieving sustainability through examples of research that address specific management questions.

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Systemic Management describes a holistic, objective, and universally applicable form of management, providing a framework for addressing environmental challenges such as global warming, emergent diseases, deforestation, overpopulation, the extinction crisis, pollution, over-fishing, andhabitat destruction. Its goals are the consistentl...

Charles W Fowler earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1973, has taught at five universities, and currently holds academic positions at two in addition to his position as Systemic Management Studies Program Leader at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center (NOAA, National Marine Fisheries...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pagesPublished:May 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019956759X

ISBN - 13:9780199567591

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Systemic Management: What and Why2. Variation Among Species: Observing Limits3. Selective Extinction and Speciation4. Why Conventional Management Does Not Work5. Why Systemic Management Works6. Humans: a Species Beyond the LimitsEpilogueBibliographySubject Index

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"This is an extraordinarily important book; it calls for a major conceptual shift away from how we currently view our relationship with the biosphere and forcefully makes the case that this shift is necessary...the book is well written and its case extraordinarily well supported by a myriad ofexamples and by an enormous reference list." --John Emlen, Northwest Science 2009