Linking Social and Ecological Systems: Management Practices and Social Mechanisms for Building Resilience

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Fikret Berkes, Carl Folke, Johan Colding
Cambridge University Press, Apr 13, 2000 - Science - 459 pages
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It is usually the case that scientists examine either ecological systems or social systems, yet the need for an interdisciplinary approach to the problems of environmental management and sustainable development is becoming increasingly obvious. Developed under the auspices of the Beijer Institute in Stockholm, this new book analyses social and ecological linkages in selected ecosystems using an international and interdisciplinary case study approach. The chapters provide detailed information on a variety of management practices for dealing with environmental change. Taken as a whole, the book will contribute to the greater understanding of essential social responses to changes in ecosystems, including the generation, accumulation and transmission of ecological knowledge, structure and dynamics of institutions, and the cultural values underlying these responses. A set of new (or rediscovered) principles for sustainable ecosystem management is also presented. Linking Social and Ecological Systems will be of value to natural and social scientists interested in sustainability.

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This is a very informative book on Social Sustainability


Linking social and ecological systems for resilience and sustainability
Learning from locally devised systems
People refugia and resilience
Learning by fishing practical engagement and environmental concerns
Dalecarlia in central Sweden before 1800 a society of social stability and ecological resilience
Emergence of resource management adaptations
Indigenous knowledge and resource management systems in the Canadian subarctic
Resilience and neotraditional populations the caicaras Atlantic Forest and caboclos Amazon Brazil
Resilient resource management in Mexicos forest ecosystems the contribution of property rights
The resilience of pastoral herding in Sahelian Africa
Reviving the social systemecosystem links in the Himalayas
Crossing the threshold of ecosystem resilience the commercial extinction of northern cod
Designing new approaches to management
Science sustainability and resource management
Integrated management of a temperate montane forest ecosystem through wholistic forestry a British Columbia example
Managing chaotic fisheries

Indigenous African resource management of a tropical rainforest ecosystem a case study of the Yoruba of Ara Nigeria
Managing for human and ecological context in the Maine soft shell clam fishery
Success and failure in regional systems
Ecological practices and social mechanisms for building resilience and sustainability

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Fikret Berkes is Director of the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Manitoba, Canada.

Carl Folke is Deputy Director of the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.

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