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Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems Kindle Edition
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"We denizens of the early twenty-first century have urgent need for an integrative theory that links changes in our global environment to underlying causes. Panarchy is the best presentation I've seen of the elements of such a theory, considering everything from ecosystems to political action. Anyone desiring a serious understanding of our global environment—and that should be all of us—will find no better starting point for their quest."
Creating institutions to meet the challenge of sustainability is arguably the most important task confronting society; it is also dauntingly complex. Ecological, economic, and social elements all play a role, but despite ongoing efforts, researchers have yet to succeed in integrating the various disciplines in a way that gives adequate representation to the insights of each.Panarchy, a term devised to describe evolving hierarchical systems with multiple interrelated elements, offers an important new framework for understanding and resolving this dilemma. Panarchy is the structure in which systems, including those of nature (e.g., forests) and of humans (e.g., capitalism), as well as combined human-natural systems (e.g., institutions that govern natural resource use such as the Forest Service), are interlinked in continual adaptive cycles of growth, accumulation, restructuring, and renewal. These transformational cycles take place at scales ranging from a drop of water to the biosphere, over periods from days to geologic epochs. By understanding these cycles and their scales, researchers can identify the points at which a system is capable of accepting positive change, and can use those leverage points to foster resilience and sustainability within the system.This volume brings together leading thinkers on the subject -- including Fikret Berkes, Buz Brock, Steve Carpenter, Carl Folke, Lance Gunderson, C.S. Holling, Don Ludwig, Karl-Goran Maler, Charles Perrings, Marten Scheffer, Brian Walker, and Frances Westley -- to develop and examine the concept of panarchy and to consider how it can be applied to human, natural, and human-natural systems. Throughout, contributors seek to identify adaptive approaches to management that recognize uncertainty and encourage innovation while fostering resilience.The book is a fundamental new development in a widely acclaimed line of inquiry. It represents the first step in integrating disciplinary knowledge for the adaptive management of human-natural systems across widely divergent scales, and offers an important base of knowledge from which institutions for adaptive management can be developed. It will be an invaluable source of ideas and understanding for students, researchers, and professionals involved with ecology, conservation biology, ecological economics, environmental policy, or related fields.
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A Much-needed Exposition12 March 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
In an era of uncertainty about climate change and its economic, political, and institutional consequences, this book is like a breath of fresh air. In a series of scientific studies, the text illustrates how unexpected behavior of large ecological and economic systems leads to unanticipated results from man's attempts at manipulating them. As the back cover states, "Creating institutions to meet the challenge of sustainability is arguably the most important task confronting society." This book offers suggestions for doing just that, using methods from environmental systems analysis to illustrate the complexities involved in dealing with hierarchies of systems that range from biological subsystems through ecosystems and beyond, to social, political, and economic systems that transcend arbitrary boundaries set by those intent on maintaining outmoded fiefdoms. The logical conclusions are that we are a single people inhabiting a single planet, and the sooner we recognize that fact and modify our behavior accordingly, the sooner we will mitigate the many looming problems associated with natural resource exploitation; fossil fuel development, depletion, and pollution; industrialization of agriculture; and the increasing population that's driving it all.
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Fantastic book. Covers the concept of resilience and system ...22 November 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Fantastic book. Covers the concept of resilience and system transformation from economic, social and ecological perspectives. I keep going back to it to get a deeper understanding of the concepts.
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Four Stars8 December 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
It's a leap forward in the integration of natural and social sciences.
D. R. Martz
Forcing reality into a pre-conceived box13 November 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
While the book reviews interesting insights about the stability of ecosystems and emphasizes that most preconceptions are invalid in one or another circumstance, it pushes a preconception of its own that is so abstract as to be nearly meaningless. Phenomena are forced into phases of a model even when the fit is unreasonable. The book reads as though the editors fell in love with a nice idea - and a pretty diagram - and proceeded to ignore subtleties and refinements that, if incorporated, could have had real value. One significant flaw is that the wasteland of a devastated ecosystem, such as an overgrazed scrubland, is conceived as the 'same' ecosystem as the mature one (rainforest) that preceded it, and that a 'cycle' will bring it back around - and this in contradiction to the book's own opening chapter. Some redemption is achieved by authors of later chapters, who do not fall into these traps.
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Valuable source5 December 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
The work of Gunderson and Holling is groundbreaking and well worth reading. It sheds considerable light on the similarities between social and ecological systems.
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