Linking Social and Ecological Systems: Management Practices and Social Mechanisms for Building Resilience

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It is usually the case that scientists examine either ecological systems or social systems. The book is the result of an intensive study programme carried out under the auspices of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics in Stockholm, the focus of this book is social and ecological linkages in selected ecosystems, and there is a systematic treatment of the mechanisms behind these linkages. The overall purpose is to investigate how the stewardship of selected ecosystems can be improved by learning from a variety of management systems and their dynamics.
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"Useful for undergraduate and graduate students in environmental studies, environmental economics, and environmental sociology." Choice

"Altogether, this book is a solid, well-crafted, and thought-provoking contribution that addresses the challenges of natural resource management. The quality of its case studies and the clarity of its theoretical propositions make it a landmark for anyone interested in understanding the dynamic connections between knowledge, practices, institutions, and ecosystems." Conservation Ecology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521591409
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/1998
  • Pages: 459
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Fikret Berkes is Director of the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Manitoba, Canada.

Carl Folke is Deputy Director of the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Table of Contents

1 Linking social and ecological systems for resilience and sustainability 1
Pt. I Learning from locally devised systems 27
2 People, refugia and resilience 30
3 Learning by fishing: practical engagement and environmental concerns 48
4 Dalecarlia in central Swede before 1800: a society of social stability and ecological resilience 67
Pt. II Emergence of resource management adaptations 95
5 Indigenous knowledge and resource management systems in the Canadian subarctic 98
6 Resilience and neo-traditional populations: the caicaras (Atlantic Forest) and caboclos (Amazon, Brazil) 129
7 Indigenous African resource management of a tropical rainforest ecosystem: a case study of the Yoruba of Ara, Nigeria 158
8 Managing for human and ecological context in the Maine soft shell clam fishery 190
Pt. III Success and failure in regional systems 213
9 Resilient resource management in Mexico's forest ecosystems: the contribution of property rights 216
10 The resilience of pastoral herding in Sahelian Africa 250
11 Reviving the social system-ecosystem links in the Himalayas 285
12 Crossing the threshold of ecosystem resilience: the commercial extinction of northern cod 311
Pt. IV Designing new approaches to management 339
13 Science, sustainability and resource management 342
14 Integrated management of temperate montane forest ecosystem through wholistic forestry: a British Columbia example 363
15 Managing chaotic fisheries 390
16 Ecological practices and social mechanisms for building resilience and sustainability 414
Index 437
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