The Science of Sustainable Development: Local Livelihoods and the Global Environment

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Science faces major challenges in tackling the interlinked problems of poverty and environmental sustainability. This book calls for a restructuring of our present arrangements to achieve integrated natural resource management—integration across scales, system components, disciplines and knowledge types. It advocates the necessity of modelling, multi-scale analysis and action research, institutional and organizational development, and communication enhancement. The book draws on case studies throughout the world.

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"This is a fine book and extremely important...please read The Science of Sustainable Development, if you haven't already." Écoscience
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521827287
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Sayer is Senior Associate, Forests for Life Programme, WWF-International, Switzerland.

Bruce Campbell is Director, Forests and Livelihoods Programme, Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Indonesia.

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Table of Contents

List of figures; List of boxes; List of tables; Foreword Claude Martin; Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Integrating Natural Resource Management: 1. The challenge: alleviating poverty and conserving the environment; 2. Dealing with complexity; 3. Getting into the system: multiple realities, social learning and adaptive management; 4. issues of scale; 5. Models, knowledge and negotiation; Part II. Realities on the Ground: 6. Institutions for managing natural resources in African savannahs; 7. Forest margins in Indonesian Borneo; 8. Learning by doing on tropical American hillsides; Part III. The Research-Management Continuum: 9. The spread of innovations; 10. Measuring the performance of natural resource systems; 11. Achieving research-based management; Bibliography; Index.

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