Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development: Learning Journeys in Conservation


Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Develoment examines ways in which resilience may be created within the web of ecological, socio-economic and cultural systems that make up the world in which we live and upon which all living creatures depend. The authors embark upon a learning journey exploring both robust and fragile systems and asking questions of groups and individuals actively involved in building or maintaining resilience.

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Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Develoment examines ways in which resilience may be created within the web of ecological, socio-economic and cultural systems that make up the world in which we live and upon which all living creatures depend. The authors embark upon a learning journey exploring both robust and fragile systems and asking questions of groups and individuals actively involved in building or maintaining resilience.

The book makes resilience real by showing both how it works and could work as well as the central importance of education and learning to the central project of fashioning a sustainable world. Through a series of wide ranging interviews with conservationists, community activists, business people, government officials, NGO workers and academics, the authors give voice to the many different approaches to thinking of and building resilience that may otherwise stay rooted in and confined by specific disciplinary, professional or spatial contexts.

The authors and their interviewees explore the practical and successful ways in which resilience may be established. They summarize the key meanings of resilience and emphasize the paramount importance of social learning and creative co-operation in the success of conservation and sustainable development practices throughout the world.

This book is ideal for students and researchers working in the fields of conservation, sustainable development, education, systems thinking, and development studies where the relationship between human society and the environmental are of crucial significance. It will also be of great interest to NGOs and government officers whose interests and responsibilities focus on conserving or reconstructing biodiversity and system resilience.

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"This book unravels the multiple meanings of resilience and challenges us to be clear about what we mean. Today’s "striving for resilience" may be akin to yesterday’s "striving for conservation" – a futility in the complex adaptive system within which we live. To prevail, society needs to purposefully use its transformative capacity to embrace a more sustainable pathway. For all in the conservation and sustainable development movements – this is a timely must read."Greg Bourne, former CEO of WWF Australia, BP Regional President (Australasia) and currently Chair at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency

"Resilience, or its importance, are not immediately obvious, even to the resilient. Yet sustainability depends on it. Nothing can be sustained that is not resilient, whether it be natural systems, the efforts to conserve them or those who try to understand the processes and principals involved. Confused? Then read this book!" – Dr John Cortes, Minister for Health and the Environment, H.M. Government of Gibraltar, Gibraltar

"Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development provides a critical analysis of how the resilience concept is applied in contemporary debates ranging from global climate change to community development. Using a variety of framing devices, the book demonstrates how resilience has come to be understood, applied and re-interpreted across differing contexts and scales. The book is essential reading for scholars and practitioners seeking to understand what the concept of resilience has to offer individuals, communities, businesses and governments as we enter an age of environmental and social transformation."Stewart Barr, University of Exeter, UK

"Sustainability must be at the heart of how we do business. We cannot use more resources than our planet can support. This challenging new book seeks to reflect on the value and effectiveness of the conservation and sustainability movement at a time when its own resilience is being tested. Read it!"Jane Davidson, former Minister for Environment and Sustainability in Wales and Director of the Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) at University of Wales, Trinity St Davids

"In its application to sustainable development, the concept of resilience assumes new complexity. In their book Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development Blewitt and Tilbury exhibit healthy scepticism and deepen critical inquiry into resilience beyond the state of the art. A must read for all those interested in critical yet fundamental concepts of resilience and sustainable development."Helen Kopnina, The Hague University of Applied Science, the Netherlands

"This book is unique in providing a truly interdisciplinary account of the uses and abuses of ‘resilience’set within an inspiring sense of commitment to radical change. Resilience emerges as a profoundly humanist - as well as ecological - concept."Jenneth Parker, Director of Research, Schumacher Institute, UK

"This book is timely and exemplifies the very strong commitment that we in UNEP have to the world of Universities, both as research centres and intellectual drivers of our sustainable development paradigm, and as centres of training for professionals who will enable us in the future to help societies in making this transition."Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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Meet the Author

John Blewitt is Director of Lifelong Learning at Aston University concentrating on a range of activities including community and employer engagement, e-learning, part time and flexible provision, professional development and sustainability. He is a member of the IUCN Commission on Communication and Education and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy.

Daniella Tilbury is Chair of Sustainability and Director of Sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire. She is responsible for leadership and learning for sustainability across the institution as well as overseeing the University's International Research Institute in Sustainability (IRIS) and its United Nations University accredited, Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) in Education for Sustainability.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Learning Journeys 2. The Meaning of Resilience 3. Resilience, Conservation and Education for Sustainable Development 4. Business and Global Biodiversity 5. Cultural Heritage and Biodiversity 6. Bringing Together the Indigenous and Scientific 7. Restoring Habitats and Learning Ecologies 8. Species Protection and Respect for Living Creatures 8. Creating Opportunities for Self Organisation and Co-Management in Learning Organisations 9. Spatial Justice, Lifelong Learning and the Right to the City 10. Critical Pedagogies and the Contestation of Market Logics 11. New Media Environments, Affordances and Resilience Learning 12. Developing Human Capabilities through Intercultural, Environmental and Social Learning 13. Learning to Live with Change and Diversity 14. Destinations: Thoughts and Conclusions

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