Managing Scotland's Environment

Managing Scotland's Environment

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Scotland's natural environment is its most treasured asset and the subject of its most vociferous debates. Why have the farms, forests, lochs and hills generated such passionate disagreement? Is it so difficult to reconcile the competing demands of society and nature? Can there really be no acceptable way of integrating the various land uses? These are the questions explored in this book. Written in the light of international thinking in environmental management and of the author's practical experience in the Scottish highlands, it tackles the hottest current debates - land reform, the future of farming, public access, conservation of moorland and birds f prey, the place of forestry, and the control of alien species and red deer - and takes up the challenge of integrating conservation with social and economic objectives. The author also discusses the ethical and philosophical considerations that underlie the practical options. The book is illustrated with photographs and specially prepared maps and diagrams.It is designed for those studying Scotland's environment at undergraduate and graduate level and for those already engaged in farming, forestry, conservation, game sports and rural employment. Equally, the author addresses the wide range of people interested in these fascinating and important issues. They will be as entertained as they are enlightened by the book's congenial tone and consistently clear writing.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 172 x 240 x 24mm | 861.82g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Includes 42 photos, 47 line drawings/ graphs
  • 0748613137
  • 9780748613137

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A masterly review of the literature ! the text is clearly written and easily accessible ! provides a valuable exploration of many of Scotland's current land management issues and provides important linkages between them ! The text is well illustrated with black and white maps and photographs and useful tables. The book will be invaluable to students and those involved in the environment [but] also to a much wider audience who wish to dip into a well written text to find out more about Scotland's environment and the forces that have shaped it. Biological Conservation This is a welcome and timely publication on environmental issues in Scotland. It captures the tensions of ongoing debates, the likely implications of impending policy changes and future challenges!a useful textbook for students as well as providing an overview for professionals and a good read for a wider audience. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management This most readable book ... admirably describes the ever-changing topography of the playing field and is strongly recommended. Forestry I admit to a considerable degree of admiration for an author who can bring together so much information about the Scottish environment. His breadth of knowledge is reflected in the extensive reference list, and these references are well used in the text. This is clearly a book that should be used by students studying any aspect of environmental science, and it provides an excellent source of material for exploring many subjects in greater detail. It can also be easily read by anyone with an interest in Scotland's environment and the factors that drive change. BSS News There has been a series of books over the past few years that have attempted to assess the state of Scotland's environment and put into context current controversies over its use and management..[Managing Scotland's environment] is the best attempt I've seen..if you want a single book that covers the state of Scotland's environment, look no further. Reforesting Scotland Charles Warren has done us all a service in distilling the many and varied environmental management issues in a way which both stimulates further reflection and does not raise ones ire...This is a comprehensive, up to date, measured and well-referenced account of many of the issues concerning the management of Scotland's environment at the turn of the Millennium! No other book in the field is as comprehensive or as dispassionate. I warmly commend it and hope that the author will keep it updated. Recorder News Those who actually wish to help to solve Scotland's environmental problems will find this an invaluable survey and an inspiration. And those who simply want to be better informed could not do better than read it. -- Chris Smout Warren's book is extremely timely and welcome! The book is wide ranging, covering key land uses, debates and policy measures, together with principles and practices of the environmental management! The text is detailed and extremely well documented. Journal of Rural Studies 'No other book in the field is as comprehensive or as dispassionate.' -- Roger Crofts, former Chief Executive of Scottish Natural Heritage 'Charles Warren succeeds in doing Scotland a masterful service by producing a brilliant compilation of environmental facts, figures, policies and debates all nested in national, British and European context... I prophesy that Warren's book will come to be seen as the Bible of Scots environmentalism!' -- Alastair McIntosh, ECOS 'Warren successfully integrates the theoretical and the practical... The issues may have a local context but many of them have a global resonance. This is an unusual book that deserves international interest as well as attention from within Scotland.' -- Alexander Mather, Land Use Policy A masterly review of the literature ! the text is clearly written and easily accessible ! provides a valuable exploration of many of Scotland's current land management issues and provides important linkages between them ! The text is well illustrated with black and white maps and photographs and useful tables. The book will be invaluable to students and those involved in the environment [but] also to a much wider audience who wish to dip into a well written text to find out more about Scotland's environment and the forces that have shaped it. This is a welcome and timely publication on environmental issues in Scotland. It captures the tensions of ongoing debates, the likely implications of impending policy changes and future challenges!a useful textbook for students as well as providing an overview for professionals and a good read for a wider audience. This most readable book ... admirably describes the ever-changing topography of the playing field and is strongly recommended. I admit to a considerable degree of admiration for an author who can bring together so much information about the Scottish environment. His breadth of knowledge is reflected in the extensive reference list, and these references are well used in the text. This is clearly a book that should be used by students studying any aspect of environmental science, and it provides an excellent source of material for exploring many subjects in greater detail. It can also be easily read by anyone with an interest in Scotland's environment and the factors that drive change. There has been a series of books over the past few years that have attempted to assess the state of Scotland's environment and put into context current controversies over its use and management..[Managing Scotland's environment] is the best attempt I've seen..if you want a single book that covers the state of Scotland's environment, look no further. Charles Warren has done us all a service in distilling the many and varied environmental management issues in a way which both stimulates further reflection and does not raise ones ire...This is a comprehensive, up to date, measured and well-referenced account of many of the issues concerning the management of Scotland's environment at the turn of the Millennium! No other book in the field is as comprehensive or as dispassionate. I warmly commend it and hope that the author will keep it updated. Those who actually wish to help to solve Scotland's environmental problems will find this an invaluable survey and an inspiration. And those who simply want to be better informed could not do better than read it. Warren's book is extremely timely and welcome! The book is wide ranging, covering key land uses, debates and policy measures, together with principles and practices of the environmental management! The text is detailed and extremely well documented. 'No other book in the field is as comprehensive or as dispassionate.' 'Charles Warren succeeds in doing Scotland a masterful service by producing a brilliant compilation of environmental facts, figures, policies and debates all nested in national, British and European context... I prophesy that Warren's book will come to be seen as the Bible of Scots environmentalism!' 'Warren successfully integrates the theoretical and the practical... The issues may have a local context but many of them have a global resonance. This is an unusual book that deserves international interest as well as attention from within Scotland.'show more

About Charles Warren

Charles Warren is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography & Geosciences at the University of St Andrews.show more

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