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Resilience and the Cultural Landscape
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All over the world, efforts are being made to preserve landscapes facing fundamental change as a consequence of widespread agricultural intensification, land abandonment and urbanisation. The 'cultural landscape' and 'resilience' approaches have, until now, largely been viewed as distinct methods for understanding the effects of these dynamics and the ways in which they might be adapted or managed. This book brings together these two perspectives, providing new insights into the social-ecological resilience of cultural landscapes by coming to terms with, and challenging, the concepts of 'driving forces', 'thresholds', 'adaptive cycles' and 'adaptive management'. By linking these research communities, this book develops a new perspective on landscape changes. Based on firm conceptual contributions and rich case studies from Europe, the Americas and Australia, it will appeal to anyone interested in analysing and managing change in human-shaped environments in the context of sustainability.


'The book contributes a new dimension (i.e. broader spatial scale) of CHN and also serves as a theoretical frontier in the ecological understanding of resilience. Highly recommended.'

J. Chen Source: Choice

'All landscape practitioners will find much food for thought.'

Source: Landscape History

'I warmly recommend this insightful book for landscape ecology scholars and beyond, to every person truly interested in a holistic understanding of the cultural landscapes.'

Source: Landscape Ecology

'I can recommend it to all landscape researchers to learn about your partners if you want to know them and their ideas better.'

Source: CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi)

'I can highly recommend this book for the landscape as well as for the resilience scholarship and more generally for everybody interested in analyzing and managing change in human-shaped environments in the context of sustainability.'

Source: Ecology and Society

'The book represents … a kaleidoscope of approaches that can be a good start for future landscape research and land management. It can offer the needed common framework to link social and ecological systems.'

Source: Wagenin UR

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