The papers in this volume illustrate the power of a scientific approach to ecological economics. Good science is a careful blend of theory and empirical testing. Theory without empirical grounding is of no practical value and random case studies without a theoretical context are not generalizable. The back and forth interplay between theory and evidence is apparent in the modeling exercises, evaluation studies, and policy design described in this book.
Watershed management has been chosen as a concrete focus to illuminate the facets of sustainability. It requires both a deep understanding of the natural processes in watersheds and of the societal processes which strongly depend on the natural watershed services. Furthermore, country-specific governance structures need to be considered to fine-tune the design of sustainable watershed policies in order to approach an interaction of society and nature, which ensures a long term use of water resources without adverse effects on society and the environment. This book has accepted the challenge to tackle the complex scientific underpinning of sustainable watershed analysis and management and will reveal basic ecological economic knowledge and methodological approaches in this prominent field of research.
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Table of Contents
Ecological Economics at the Watershed Scale: Comparing and Contrasting the United States and German Experiences and Approaches River Basin Management in Germany: Past Experiences and Challenges Ahead The Evolution of Watershed Management in the United States Scenario Analysis in the Elbe River Basin as Part of Integrated Assessment Scenario Analysis in the Hudson River Basin Weser-Ems — Integrated Agricultural and Hydrological Modeling within an Intensive Livestock Region Integration of Agro-Economic Analysis and Ecological Modeling in the Elbe River Basin Regional Economic Modeling and Spatial Key Sector Analysis Residential Location Theory, Modeling, and Scenario Analysis of Urban Growth and Planning Multicriteria Decision Analysis: Overview and Implications for Environmental Decision-Making Integration of Economic Evaluation into Water Management Simulation Integrated Assessment of Water Policy Strategies in the Context of Global Change; The Integrative Methodological Approach IMA and its Application in the Spree River Basin Urban Metabolism and Payment for Ecosystem Services: History and Policy Analysis of the New York City Water Supply Fiscal Transfers for Compensating Local Ecological Services in Germany Cost Recovery for Water Services According to the EU Water Framework Directive Herwig Unnerstall and Frank Messner Trading as a U.S. Water Quality Management Tool: Prospects for a Market Alternative