Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World [NOOK Book]

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Increasingly, cracks are appearing in the capacity of communities, ecosystems, and landscapes to provide the goods and services that sustain our planet's well-being. The response from most quarters has been for "more of the same" that created the situation in the first place: more control, more intensification, and greater efficiency. "Resilience thinking" offers a different way of understanding the world and a new approach to managing resources. It embraces human and natural systems as complex entities ...
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Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World

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Overview

Increasingly, cracks are appearing in the capacity of communities, ecosystems, and landscapes to provide the goods and services that sustain our planet's well-being. The response from most quarters has been for "more of the same" that created the situation in the first place: more control, more intensification, and greater efficiency. "Resilience thinking" offers a different way of understanding the world and a new approach to managing resources. It embraces human and natural systems as complex entities continually adapting through cycles of change, and seeks to understand the qualities of a system that must be maintained or enhanced in order to achieve sustainability. It explains why greater efficiency by itself cannot solve resource problems and offers a constructive alternative that opens up options rather than closing them down. In Resilience Thinking, scientist Brian Walker and science writer David Salt present an accessible introduction to the emerging paradigm of resilience. The book arose out of appeals from colleagues in science and industry for a plainly written account of what resilience is all about and how a resilience approach differs from current practices. Rather than complicated theory, the book offers a conceptual overview along with five case studies of resilience thinking in the real world. It is an engaging and important work for anyone interested in managing risk in a complex world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597266222
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 8/22/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 869,794
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Brian Walker is a Research Fellow in Australia’s CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Visiting Researcher in the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and Chair of the Resilience Alliance.

David Salt is a science and environment writer at the Australian National University, and has more than two decades experience writing and producing popular science magazines and books.

Both authors live in Canberra, Australia.
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Table of Contents

1 Living in a complex world : an introduciton to resilience thinking 1
Case study 1 : carving up a national icon : the Florida Everglades 15
2 The system rules : creating a mind space for resilience thinking 28
Case study 2 : between a (salt) rock and a hard place : the Goulburn-Broken Catchment, Australia 39
3 Crossing the threshold : be careful about the path you choose - you may not be able to return 53
Case study 3 : losing the jewel in the crown : the coral reefs in the Caribbean 64
4 In the loop : phases, cycles, and scales - adaptive cycles and how systems change 74
Case study 4 : scenarios on the lakes : the Northern Highlands Lake District, Wisconsin 96
5 Making sense of resilience : how do you apply resilience thinking? 111
Case study 5 : building resilience in the wetlands : the Kristianstads Vattenrike, Sweden 125
6 Creating space in a shrinking world : resilience and sustainability 139
Postscript for a resilient world 153
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2009

    Hope in saving many problem areas on the planet

    Excellent description of 5 case studies. Thorough, clear and complete description/narrative of 5 changing social-economic systems on various parts of the planet. Gives realistic, practical way of solving specific deteriorating situations. This is not a study on global warming. In fact, in his studies global warming is not one of the factors he explores or even mentions. This approach to environmental problems can be used anywhere, right now. Even horrible situations can be transformed to meet the needs of its inhabitants. His sentences and ideas are repeated. This is distracting after you understand his systems approach, but until you clearly understand his ideas, they bear repeating.

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