Human Ecology: Basic Concepts for Sustainable Development / Edition 1

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'The scope and clarity of this book make it accessible and informative to a wide readership. Its messages should be an essential component of the education for all students from secondary school to university... [It] provides a clear and comprehensible account of concepts that can be applied in our individual and collective lives to pursue the promising and secure future to which we all aspire' -From the Foreword by Maurice Strong, Chairman of the Earth Council and former Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit)

The most important questions of the future will turn on the relationship between human societies and the natural ecosystems on which we all, in the end, depend. The interactions and interdependencies of the social and natural worlds are the focus of growing attention from a wide range of environmental, social and life sciences. Understanding them is critical to achieving the balance involved in sustainable development.

Human Ecology: Basic Concepts for Sustainable Development presents an extremely clear and accessible account of this complex range of issues and of the concepts and tools required to understand and tackle them. Extensively supported by graphics and detailed examples, this book makes an excellent introduction for students at all levels, and for general readers wanting to know why and how to respond to the dilemmas we face.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'An intelligent and fascinating book.'
Human Ecology - An Interdisciplinary Journal

'An extremely imaginative, novel and innovative book.'

'A significant contribution to human ecology.'
International Journal of Sustainable Development

'Proficiently lays out the groundwork for human ecology as a scientific discipline.'
The Ecologist

'It deserves to be widely read.'
Economic Geography Research Group

'One would be hard-pressed to find a clearer, more complete, and more usable introductory text for the application of systems concepts to human ecology.'
Journal of Applied Environmental Education and Communication

'A valuable text for educating students in the basic concepts of ecology and human interactions.'
Environmental Practice

Journal of Applied Environmental Education and Communication
one would be hard-pressed to find a clearer, more complete, and more usable introductory text for the application of systems concepts to human ecology. covers a wealth of ideas and concepts in a relatively short text.[It] would make an excellent backbone for a high school- or college-level introduction to human ecology, providing an explanation of concepts, which an educator could supplement with specific issues that are most relevant to the students.
Human Ecology Review
a highly original contribution to the literature of human ecology.the first introductory human ecology text to offer students a systematic framework.a useful tool for helping students to understand the extremely complex interactions between humans and their environment.clear and precise.simple, straightforward language, vivid illustrative examples, and maximum use of figures to illustrate key points.
Human Ecology
the book is of interest for all of those who want to know why and how to respond to the multiple problems that we face today in the human-environment intelligent and fascinating book. extremely well written.Dr. Marten has a gift to explain complex concepts.
International Journal for Environment and Pollution
[The book] should be compulsory reading for every student entering human ecology classes, courses or programs worldwide.
International Review for Environmental Strategies
arranges a very broadly-based, multidisciplinary subject into a coherent set of excellent text in terms of its careful definition of concepts and the structured manner in which the subject is developed.introduces in a logical flow the concepts involved for understanding the sustainability of human society and ecosystems on the earth.
proficiently lays out the groundwork for human ecology as a scientific discipline.
Eagle Bulletin
outstanding. an excellent textbook.
Economic Geography
a stimulating, appropriate, and very welcome contribution to the literature on sustainable development.It deserves to be widely read.
Positive News
It gives a clear and accessible account of the complex range of issues and of the concepts and tools required to understand and tackle them. It's an excellent introduction for students from secondary school to university, as well as for general readers who want a guide to sustainable development.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853837142
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,281,412
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald G Marten is a professor at the School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, and author of Traditional Agriculture in Southeast Asia.

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Table of Contents

• Populations and Feedback Systems
• Human Population
• Ecosystems and Social Systems as Complex Adaptive Systems
• Ecosystem Organization
• Ecological Succession
• Coevolution and Coadaptation of Human Social Systems and Ecosystems
• Ecosystem Services
• Perceptions of Nature
• Unsustainable Human-Ecosystem Interaction
• Sustainable Human-Ecosystem Interaction
• Examples of Ecologically Sustainable Development
• Glossary
• Further Reading

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