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Seeking Sustainability in an Age of Complexity explains the difficulty of sustainability and why 'collapse' can occur. Using ideas from complexity theory, and its application in the areas of ecology, sociology and economics, Graham Harris weaves together a story showing just how complex the idea of achieving sustainability is, when applied at global and regional scales. This book will be of interest to ecologists, sociologists, economists, natural resource managers and scientists in State and local governments and those involved in water and landscape management.Read more
- Provides a unique view of sustainability and the management of landscapes and waterscapes
- Draws together new ideas and concepts from ecology, sociology and economics to discuss the difficulties of avoiding 'collapse'
- Discusses the problems of sustainability in the context of complexity theory and the important role of small scale interactions and individual decisions
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"Harris's ambition is commendable and necessary in our quest for more holistic understanding and action."
Ralph Hamann, EnvironmentSee more reviews
"We have to be ready with the right ideas and proposals when the time comes, and Harris provides a useful and timely synthesis of many of those ideas."
Robert Constanza, Trends in Ecology and Evoluation
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- Date Published: June 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521695329
- length: 374 pages
- dimensions: 248 x 175 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.746kg
- contains: 1 table
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Preamble: the world we are in
2. Complex systems
3. New science, new tools, new challenges
4. The complexity of ecology
5. The generation of complexity
6. Micro interactions and macro constraints
7. A changing sense of place
8. Complexity in created landscapes
9. Catchment form and function
10. Catchment loads - ecosystem impacts
11. Change detection, monitoring and prediction
12. Evidence, uncertainty and risk
13. Modified landscapes: biodiversity
14. Function in modified landscapes
15. Environmental flows
16. Evidence for global change
17. Values and beliefs
18. Managing environmental, social and economic systems
19. Linking multiple capitals
20. Community, capacity, leadership and collaboration
21. A new environmental paradigm
22. Emergent problems and emerging solutions
23. Avoiding collapse.
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