Bridging Scales and Knowledge Systems: Concepts and Applications in Ecosystem Assessment

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Bridging the gap between local knowledge and western science is essential to understanding the world's ecosystems and the ways in which humans interact with and shape those ecosystems. This book brings together a group of world-class scientists in an unprecedented effort to build a formal framework for linking local and indigenous knowledge with the global scientific enterprises. Drawing on the groundbreaking work of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Bridging Scales and Knowledge Systems will Be Indispensable for future efforts to conduct ecosystem assessments around the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597260374
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter V. Reid is a consulting professor with the Stanford Institute for the Environment in Stanford, California, and was the Director of the Millennuim Ecosystem Assessment.

Fikret Berkes is professor of natural resources and Canada Research Chair in Community-Based Resource Management at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.

Thomas J. Wilbanks is a Corporate Research Fellow and Leader of Global Change and Developing Country Programs at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Doris Capistrano is Director of the Forests and Governance Programme at the Center for International Forestry Research in Bogor, Indonesia.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction \ Walter V. Reid, Fikret Berkes, Thomas J. Wilbanks, and Doris Capistrano
PART I. Bridging Scales
Chapter 2. How Scale Matters: Some Concepts and Findings \ Thomas J. Wilbanks
Chapter 3. The Politics of Scale in Environmental Assessments \ Louis Lebel
Chapter 4. Assessing Ecosystem Services at Different Scales in the Portugal Millennium Ecosystem Assessment \ Henrique M. Pereira, Tiago Domingos, and Luís Vicente
Chapter 5. A Synthesis of Data and Methods across Scales to Connect Local Policy Decisions to Regional Environmental Conditions:
The Case of the Cascadia Scorecard \ Chris Davis
Chapter 6. Scales of Governance in Carbon Sinks: Global Priorities and Local Realities \ Emily Boyd
PART II. Bridging Knowledge Systems
Chapter 7. What Counts as Local Knowledge in Global Environmental Assessments and Conventions? \ J. Peter Brosius
Chapter  8. Bridging the Gap or Crossing a Bridge? Indigenous Knowledge and the Language of Law and Policy \ Michael Davis
Chapter 9. Mobilizing Knowledge for Integrated Ecosystem Assessments \ Christo Fabricius, Robert Scholes, and Georgina Cundill
PART III. Case Studies
Chapter 10. Keep It Simple and Be Relevant:
The First Ten Years of the Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Co-op \ Joan Eamer
Chapter 11. Cosmovisions and Environmental Governance: The Case of In Situ Conservation of Native Cultivated Plants and Their Wild Relatives in Peru \ Jorge Ishizawa
Chapter 12. Harmonizing Traditional and Scientific Knowledge Systems in Rainfall Prediction and Utilization \ Rengalakshmi Raj
Chapter 13. Managing People's Knowledge: An Indian Case Study of Building Bridges from Local to Global and from Oral to Scientific Knowledge \ Yogesh Gokhale, Madhav Gadgil, Anil Gupta, Riya Sinha, and K. P. (Prabha) Achar
Chapter 14. Barriers to Local-level Ecosystem Assessment and Participatory Management in Brazil \ Cristiana S. Seixas
Chapter 15. Integrating Epistemologies through Scenarios \ Elena Bennett and Monika Zurek
PART IV. Synthesis
Chapter 16. The Politics of Bridging Scales and Epistemologies: Science and Democracy in Global Environmental Governance \ Clark Miller and Paul Erickson
Chapter 17. Conclusions: Bridging Scales and Knowledge Systems \ Fikret Berkes, Walter V. Reid, Thomas J. Wilbanks, and Doris Capistrano
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