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Resilience Thinking : Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World - Brian Walker

Resilience Thinking

Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World

By: Brian Walker, David Salt, Walter V. Reid (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 22nd August 2006
ISBN: 9781597260930
Number Of Pages: 192

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Increasingly, cracks are appearing in the capacity of communities, ecosystems, and landscapes to provide the goods and services that sustain our planet's well-being. The response from most quarters has been for "more of the same" that created the situation in the first place: more control, more intensification, and greater efficiency.

"Resilience Thinking" offers a different way of understanding the world and a new approach to managing resources. It embraces human and natural systems as complex entities continually adapting through cycles of change and seeks to understand the qualities of a system that must be maintained or enhanced in order to achieve sustainability. It explains why greater efficiency by itself cannot solve resource problems and offers a constructive alternative that opens up options rather than closing them down.

In "Resilience Thinking", scientist Brian Walker and science writer David Salt present an accessible introduction to the emerging paradigm of resilience. The book arose out of appeals from colleagues in science and industry for a plainly written account of what resilience is all about and how a resilience approach differs from current practices. Rather than complicated theory, the book offers a conceptual overview along with five case studies of resilience thinking in the real world. It is an engaging and important work for anyone interested in managing risk in a complex world.

About the Author

Brian Walker is past chief of Australia's CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology and is currently science program director of the Resilience Alliance.

David Salt is a science writer and editor with 18 years' experience writing and producing popular science magazines and newsletters for a wide range of audiences.

Industry Reviews

"Resilience Thinking is an impressive and highly successful effort to explain complex ecological and social interactions and changes in a unified framework and in language accessible to a wide audience. This book should stimulate extensive discussions on these critical issues and innovative ways to approach them."--Harold Mooney "Achilles Professor of Environmental Biology, Stanford University "
"Resilience Thinking is an essential guidebook to a powerful new way of understanding our world--and of living resiliently within it--developed in recent decades by an international team of ecologists. With five clear and compelling case studies drawn from regions as diverse as Florida, Sweden, and Australia, this book shows how all highly adaptive systems--from ecologies to economies--go through regular cycles of growth, reorganization, and renewal and how our failures to understand the basic principles of resilience have often led to disaster. Resilience Thinking gives us the conceptual tools to help us cope with the bewildering surprises and challenges of our new century."--Thomas Homer-Dixon "Professor of political science, University of Toronto "
"Resilience Thinking provides a much-needed accessible entree into a concept that holds the key to our future.... Full of wisdom, sophisticated science, and practical guidance, this book provides profound ideas, insights, and hope to scientists, students, managers, and planners alike."--Jane Lubchenco "Distinguished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University "

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Living in a Complex World: An Introduction to Resilience Thinking
Carving up a National Icon: The Florida Everglades
The System Rules: Creating a Mind Space for Resilience Thinking
Between a (Salt) Rock and a Hard Place: The Goulburn-Broken Catchment, Australia
Crossing the Threshold: Be Careful about the Path you Choose-You May Not Be Able to Return
Losing the Jewel in the Crown: The Coral Reefs of the Caribbean
In the Loop: Phases, Cycles, and Scales-Adaptive Cycles and How Systems Change
Scenarios on the Lakes: The Northern Highlands Lake District, Wisconsin
Making Sense of Resilience: How Do You Apply Resilience Thinking?
Building Resilience in the Wetlands: The Kristianstads Vattenrike, Sweden
Creating Space in a Shrinking World: Resilience and Sustainability
Afterword Further
Reading References
Glossary
About the Authors
Index
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ISBN: 9781597260930
ISBN-10: 1597260932
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 22nd August 2006
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.27

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