Striving for Environmental Sustainability in a Complex World: Canadian Experiences

Striving for Environmental Sustainability in a Complex World: Canadian Experiences

by George Francis

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Striving for Environmental Sustainability in a Complex World: Canadian Experiences by George Francis

In the face of growing anxiety about the environmental sustainability of the world, George Francis, a leading authority in the field of sustainability studies, presents initiatives undertaken in Canada over the past twenty-five years to protect some of our unique environments. Focusing mainly on collaborative studies of thirty-one landscape regions – designated as “Biosphere Reserves” by UNESCO or as “Model Forests” by the Canadian Forest Service – Francis also summarizes smaller sustainability projects across the country. The author concludes on a hopeful note, looking at solutions considered, proposed, and in some cases already implemented by groups striving for sustainability in an increasingly complex world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774831390
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

George Francis is distinguished professor emeritus in the School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Adopting Complexity to Guide Inquiries: Framework, Methods, and Rationale2. The Landscape Regions: Biosphere Reserves and Model Forests3. Governing Landscape Regions: Learning from Experience and Surprise4. Technologies and Innovations: Recent Origins and the Canadian Situation5. Innovations and Sustainability in the Landscape Regions: Looking Ahead, Looking Back6. Other Approaches toward Desirable Sustainability for Canadian Communities7. Where Next? Possibilities Being Explored8. Where Next for Complexity Thinking Itself?

AppendicesNotesReferencesIndex

What People are Saying About This

Martin Bunch

George Francis uses stories drawn from his experience with biosphere reserves, model forests, and communities across Canada to consolidate our understanding of complex systems and resilience thinking, and how to relate these ideas to the real world.

Nancy Doubleday

George Francis is a national treasure. Generations yet to come will benefit from his ideas on how we can strive for sustainability in a complex world.

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