Ecology, Uncertainty and Policy

Ecology, Uncertainty and Policy : Managing Ecosystems for Sustainability

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A broad and comprehensive exploration of the role of the ecological sciences in sustainability for undergraduates.The urgent quest for more sustainable patterns of development has placed new and difficult demands on both scientists and policy makers as they seek to establish more informed and effective policy processes and management regimes in the the face of pervasive uncertainty. Written by an international group of authors from a range of disciplines - ecology, geography, law, policy analysis and others - the chapters explore issues of scientific legitimacy, public participation, non-governmental organisations, inter-sectoral communication and pragmatic public policy across a wide range of ecosystem management more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 157.48 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Prentice-Hall
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0130161217
  • 9780130161215

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Modern societies are struggling to implement the research and policy agenda of sustainability. This agenda contains powerful statements about equity between people across space and time. It is also concerned with the capacity of the biosphere to support humanity - policy in this domain draws on science. However, that science is often plagued with dissent and uncertainty. Policy based on the best contemporary scientific thinking may find themselves rapidly dated as knowledge moves on. Even without uncertainties in the world of science, policy makers confront the inherent uncertainty of law, economic behaviour and the shifting sands of public values and politics. This book explores connections between science and policy in managing the world's ecosystems in a sustainable manner. With a primary focus on the role of the ecological sciences and the uncertainties that pervade ecosystem management, it assesses recent experiences in a number of countries across a range of social and ecological contexts. The contributors to the book bring expertise and insights from the natural sciences, public policy, political science and risk together to suggest better ways of constructing a purposeful, more effective partnership between science and policy. This book demonstrates that scientific inputs are crucial to sustainability, but that scientists must understand the local context of environmental management and build closer links with policy networks and with other disciplines if they are to make useful contributions to policy formulation and more

Table of contents

1. Ignorance, Ecology and Policy - S.R Dovers, T.W Norton and J.W Handmer 2. Challenges to Ecosystem Management - T.W Norton 3. Bioregional Approaches to Conservation - Nels Johnson, Kenton Miller and Marta Miranda 4. Role of Non-Governmental Organisations in Creating Institutions for Ecosystem Management - Lee Breckenridge 5. Limitless Land and Limited Knowledge - John Woinarski and Freya Dawson 6. Global Warming - Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen 7. Sustainability and Global Fisheries - Martijn Wilder and Rosemary Rayfuse 8. Sustainability, Uncertainty and Environmental Policy - Michael Harte and Janet Gough 9. Fire and Biodiversity - Jane Williams 10. Wetlands - Paul Adam 11. Acid Rain and Critical Loads - Andy Tickle 12. Uncertainty, Epistemic Communities and Public Policy - K.Walker 13. Managing Ecosystems for Sutainability - J.W.Handmer, S.R.Dovers and T.W.Nortonshow more