Ecosystem Planning in Florida: Solving Regional Problems through Local Decision-making

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"By looking at land-use planning in Florida, this volume recognizes the need for planners and resource managers to address ecosystem problems at local and community levels." The factors causing ecosystem decline, such as rapid urban development and habitat fragmentation occur at the local level and are generated by local land use policies. This book argues that understanding how local jurisdictions can capture and implement the principles of managing natural systems will lead to more sustainable levels of environmental planning in the future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754672494
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

1 Ecosystem Planning at the Local Level: An Introduction 1

Pt. 1 The Plan: Conceptualizing and Measuring Local Ecosystem Plan Quality

2 Analysis of the Literatures and Concepts Underlying Ecosystem Management and Planning 13

3 Principles of Effective Ecosystem Management and Planning 29

4 Developing a Local Ecosystem Plan Coding Protocol and Measurement Framework 37

5 Measuring and Mapping Ecosystem Plan Quality 49

Pt. 2 The Process: Factors Influencing Local Ecosystem Plan Quality

6 The Fragmented Landscape: Biological Diversity versus Human Disturbance 83

7 The Role of Biodiversity in Local Plan Making 93

8 Collaborative Environmental Planning and Stakeholder Participation 109

9 Measuring the Effects of Stakeholder Participation on the Quality of Local Plans 115

Pt. 3 Plan Implementation

10 Evaluating Plan Implementation and the Controversy over "Conformity" 125

11 Does Planning Work? Testing the Implementation of Local Environmental Planning in Florida 133

Pt. 4 Planning Implications and Recommendations

12 Recommendations for Improving the Process and Practice of Environmental Planning at the Local Level 159

13 Conclusion 169

Appendix A Ecosystem Plan Coding Protocol 171

Appendix B Concept Measurement 180

Bibliography 185

Index 203

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