Science and Policy in Natural Resource Management: Understanding system complexity

Science and Policy in Natural Resource Management: Understanding system complexity

by Helen E. Allison, Richard Hobbs, Richard J. Hobbs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521858836

ISBN-13: 9780521858830

Pub. Date: 10/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book was first published in 2006. Despite many well-intentioned policies and changes to management practices, the world's natural resources continue to decline. The roles and interplay between science and policy in the regional broadacre agriculture landscape are examined here, offering readers a thorough understanding of the complex interactions that occur

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This book was first published in 2006. Despite many well-intentioned policies and changes to management practices, the world's natural resources continue to decline. The roles and interplay between science and policy in the regional broadacre agriculture landscape are examined here, offering readers a thorough understanding of the complex interactions that occur across spatial scales to produce the regional-scale impacts. The fundamental causes of resource degradation, social decline and environmental pollution are addressed, examining the cross-scale drivers from the individual farm level to the global level of commodity systems. Broadacre agriculture is a common land use throughout all continents of the world and is driven by the same type of dynamics, and this case study of the Western Australia agricultural region can be used to clearly demonstrate the principles for other agricultural systems. Aimed at academics, ranging from researchers through to policy analysts, this book will inspire innovation and action in sustainable natural resource management.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521858830
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of tables; Foreword C. S Holling; 1. Introduction; 2. Historical and policy context; 3. Natural resource degradation: a resistant problem of the twentieth century; 4. The epistemology of natural resource management of the twentieth century; 5. A contemporary epistemology and framework for natural resource management of the twenty-first century; 6. Model conceptualisation of the Western Australian agricultural region: Part 1. Resilience analysis; 7. Model conceptualisation of the Western Australian agricultural region: Part 2. System dynamics analysis; 8. Synthesis; Appendices; Glossary; Acronyms.

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