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.
Subjects: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, General Science
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