Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems / Edition 1

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Overview

<p>Creating institutions to meet the challenge of sustainability is arguably the most important task confronting society; it is also dauntingly complex. Ecological, economic, and social elements all play a role, but despite ongoing efforts, researchers have yet to succeed in integrating the various disciplines in a way that gives adequate representation to the insights of each.<p>Panarchy, a term devised to describe evolving hierarchical systems with multiple interrelated elements, offers an important new framework for understanding and resolving this dilemma. Panarchy is the structure in which systems, including those of nature (e.g., forests) and of humans (e.g., capitalism), as well as combined human-natural systems (e.g., institutions that govern natural resource use such as the Forest Service), are interlinked in continual adaptive cycles of growth, accumulation, restructuring, and renewal. These transformational cycles take place at scales ranging from a drop of water to the biosphere, over periods from days to geologic epochs. By understanding these cycles and their scales, researchers can identify the points at which a system is capable of accepting positive change, and can use those leverage points to foster resilience and sustainability within the system.<p>This volume brings together leading thinkers on the subject-including Fikret Berkes, Buz Brock, Steve Carpenter, Carl Folke, Lance Gunderson, C.S. Holling, Don Ludwig, Karl-G? M?r, Charles Perrings, Marten Scheffer, Brian Walker, and Frances Westley-to develop and examine the concept of panarchy and to consider how it can be applied to human, natural, and human-natural systems. Throughout, contributors seek to identify adaptive approaches to management that recognize uncertainty and encourage innovation while fostering resilience.<p>The book is a fundamental new development in a widely acclaimed line of inquiry. It represents the first step in integrating disciplinary knowledge for the adaptive management of human-natural systems across widely divergent scales, and offers an important base of knowledge from which institutions for adaptive management can be developed. It will be an invaluable source of ideas and understanding for students, researchers, and professionals involved with ecology, conservation biology, ecological economics, environmental policy, or related fields.
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Editorial Reviews

Princeton University - Simon Levin

"A wonderful and stimulating blend of theoretical and empirical perspectives on multiscale dynamic systems of humans and nature. This book brings together the diverse insights of some of the most creative and original thinkers on resilience and adaptive change in ecological and social systems, yet it is seamlessly integrated through coherent underlying principles. A triumph for Holling's seminal concepts, and for the Resilience Alliance."
Santa Fe Institute, United States, and Technical University of Vienna, Austria - John L. Casti

"Resilience, timing, adaptation—these are the three pillars upon which the emergent properties of interacting systems rest. When the systems are the economy and the environment, understanding of the relationships among these concepts is crucial. This volume does a better job of explaining how to manage both money and nature to ensure humanity's long-term future than any other work I know of. Read and reflect."
From The Critics
Earth scientists and economists from the four hemispheres embarked on a three-year project to identify how economic growth and human development depend on joint attributes of ecosystems and institutions; and to seek ways to identify, monitor, and maintain those attributes, or restore them if eroded. They used the ecological notion of resilience and its corollary precepts in social science. Here are their findings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559638579
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 1,344,345
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Boxes
Preface
Ch. 1 In Quest of a Theory of Adaptive Change 3
Ch. 2 Resilience and Adaptive Cycles 25
Ch. 3 Sustainability and Panarchies 63
Ch. 4 Why Systems of People and Nature Are Not Just Social and Ecological Systems 103
Ch. 5 Back to the Future: Ecosystem Dynamics and Local Knowledge 121
Ch. 6 The Dynamics of Political Discourse in Seeking Sustainability 147
Ch. 7 Collapse, Learning, and Renewal 173
Ch. 8 Dynamics Interaction of Societies and Ecosystems - Linking Theories from Ecology, Economy, and Sociology 195
Ch. 9 A Future of Surprises 241
Ch. 10 Resilience and Sustainability: The Economic Analysis of Nonlinear Dynamic Systems 261
Ch. 11 Resilient Rangelands - Adaptation in Complex Systems 293
Ch. 12 Surprises and Sustainability: Cycles of Renewal in the Everglades 315
Ch. 13 The Devil in the Dynamics: Adaptive Management on the Front Lines 333
Ch. 14 Planning for Resilience: Scenarios, Surprises, and Branch Points 361
Ch. 15 Discoveries for Sustainable Futures 395
Ch. 16 Toward an Integrative Synthesis 419
App. A A Model for Ecosystems with Alternative Stable States 439
App. B Optimizing Social Utility from Lake Use 441
App. C Tax as a Way to Direct Society 443
App. D Collective Action Problems and Their Effect on Political Power 445
References 449
List of Contributors 489
Index 493
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