Ecology, Engineering, and Management: Reconciling Ecosystem by Michel J. G. van Eeten, Emery Roe

By Michel J. G. van Eeten, Emery Roe

Ecology, Engineering, and the ambiguity of Management is the 1st ebook that addresses and reconciles what many take to be the center paradox dealing with environmental decision-makers and stakeholders: How do they repair the surroundings whereas even as offer ever extra companies reliably from that atmosphere, together with fresh air, water and effort for increasingly more humans? The booklet offers a conceptual framework, empirical case analyses, and organizational proposals to solve the ambiguity, be it within the US, Europe, or in other places. hence, Ecology, Engineering, and the ambiguity of Management has a number of audiences. First are the major professions concerned about the security and development of ecosystems and within the provision and supply of prone from these ecosystems. those comprise ecologists (and different average scientists corresponding to conservation biologists, climatologists, woodland scientists, and toxicologists), engineers (as good as hydrologists, environmental engineers, civil engineers, and line operators), modeling and gaming specialists, managers, planners, and gear, agriculture, and sport groups. one other viewers comprises college researchers in ecology, conservation biology, engineering, the coverage sciences, and source administration. these attracted to interdisciplinary methods in those fields also will locate the ebook particularly worthy. eventually, these attracted to the Everglades, the Columbia River Basin, San Francisco Bay-Delta, and the golf green middle of western Netherlands will locate new insights right here, because the publication offers an in depth exam of the anomaly in each one of those circumstances

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The chief threats to ecosystem management are said to be institutional. These include but are not limited to legal restrictions such as those embodied in endangered or protected species legislation. The legally sanctioned, but often far wider, fragmentation of organizations and professions is treated by much of the literature as especially troublesome to ecosystembased management (Slocombe 1998, p. 483). Surely the most repeated refrain in ecosystem management is some variant of "Responsibility [for natural resource management] is divided among a myriad of agencies ...

Consequently, the drive to specific goals and objectives can be seen as much a response to the lack of specifics over implementation and operations as it is to the lack of terminological clarity in governing concepts. We view the lack of management specifics in the literature as a blessing, however. The argument of our book is that it is far too early to talk about management specifics, as the framework, principles, and goals of ecosystem management require much more specification than is currently used.

We, however, do not see the dominance reflected in the literature on concrete ecosystem management initiatives nor in the interviews undertaken for this book. The interviews directed our attention much more on the impasse between ecologists and engineers (broadly writ). We followed this empirical lead by focusing on that impasse at the core of the paradox. No doubt economists will play an increasingly important role in ecosystem management. 3 Finally and more generally, ecosystem management poses a fundamentally different way of seeing stakeholder involvement than is currently the case in much of natural resource management.

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