The Ecosystem Approach: Complexity, Uncertainty, and Managing for Sustainability

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byDavid Waltner-Toews, James J. 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 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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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. Dra...

David Waltner-Toews is a professor of epidemiology in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph. With James Kay, Michelle Boyle, and David Cressman, he cofounded the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health. He was also founding president of Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières-Cana...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 29, 2008Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface
David Waltner-Toews, by Nina-Marie E. Lister
Part I. Some theoretical bases for a new ecosystem approach
1. An Introduction to Systems Thinking
James Kay
2. Framing the Situation: Developing a system description
James Kay
3. Scale and type: a requirement for addressing complexity with dynamical quality
Tim Allen
4. Self-Organizing, by Holarchic
Michelle Boyle and James Kay
5. So what changes? Implications of complexity for an ecosystem approach to management
James Kay
6. Bridging Science and Values: The Challenge of Biodiversity
Nina-Marie E. Lister
7. The cultural basis for an ecosystem approach
Fikret Berkes and Iain Davidson-Hunt
8. A Family of Origin for an Ecosystem Approach to Managing for Sustainability
Martin Bunch, by Dan McCarthy
Part II. Case studies: Learning by Doing
9. Linking hard and soft systems in local development
Reg Noble, by Ricardo Ramirez
10. Human Activity and the Ecosystem Approach: The contribution of Soft Systems Methodology to managing the Cooum River in Chennai, by India
Martin Bunch
11. Landscape Perspectives on Agroecosystem Health in the Great Lakes Basin
Dominique Charron and David Waltner-Toews
12. An Agroecosystem Health case study in the Central Highlands of Kenya
Thomas Gitau, by David Waltner-Toews
13. Food, by Floods and Farming: an Ecosystem Approach to Human Health on the Peruvian Amazon frontier
Tamsyn Murray, by David Waltner-Toews
Part III. Managing for Sustainability: Meeting the Challenges
14. Implementing an Ecosystem Approach: The Diamond and AMESH
David Waltner-Toews and James Kay
15. Return to Kathmandu: A Post-Hoc Application of AMESH
Cynthia Neudoerffer, by D. Waltner-Toews
16. Tools for Learning: monitoring and indicator development
Michelle Boyle and James Kay
Part IV. Where to from here? Some challenges for a new science in an uncertain world
17. Beyond complex systems - Emergent complexity and social solidarity
Silvio Funtowicz and Jerry Ravetz
18. Third World inequity, by critical political economy and an ecosystem approach
Ernesto F. Ráez-Luna
19. An Ecosystem Approach for sustaining ecological integrity--but which ecological integrity?
David Manuel-Navarrete, by Dan Dolderman
20. The water or the wave? Toward an ecosystem approach for cross-cultural dialogue on the Whanganui River, by New Zealand
Charlotte Helen ?unde
A Tribute to James Kay
David Waltner-Toews and N-M E. Lister
Appendix A. Hierarchy and holonocracy
Henry Regier
Index

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