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Ecological Economics of the Oceans and Coasts

Series: Current Issues in Ecological Economics Series

Edited By: Murray Patterson and Bruce Glavovic

372 pages, diagrams

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Mar 2008 | #171502 | ISBN-13: 9781845423193
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NHBS Price: £99.00 $121/€111 approx

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This timely book offers a fresh view on how oceans and coasts are, and should be, managed. The urgency of this issue is increasingly being recognized, as critical limits to the economic exploitation of our oceans and coasts are reached. The authors argue that ecological economics is in a unique position to address this problem given its particular focus on interconnected ecological and economic systems.

Four 'cornerstones' of this ecological economics approach to the oceans and coasts are presented; most importantly, sustainability is the overarching policy goal, rather than economic efficiency, as often emphasized in mainstream economics. Secondly, recognizing the biophysical limits and thresholds of marine systems is fundamental.Thirdly, a complex systems view is adopted, which has profound implications for managing marine systems in the face of intrinsic uncertainty, irreversibility and interdependent behaviour. Finally, the approach is necessarily methodologically pluralistic, given the complexity and multi-faceted character of marine ecological-economic systems.

"Ecological Economics of the Oceans and Coasts" is a unique book that will be warmly welcomed by ecological economists, researchers and academics of coastal and marine management and policy as well as natural resource and environmental economists. Policy advisors on oceans and coasts, coastal and marine managers will also find this book of great interest and value.

'This timely book is enhanced by its provision of diverse fresh perspectives on ways to better manage our deteriorating oceans and coastlines. It will be welcomed by all those who value a holistic approach to environmental policy and who appreciate the need for urgent but well thought out improvements in ocean and coastal management.'- Clem Tisdell, University of Queensland, Australia'This book covers a wide spectrum of issues of practical significance to those concerned about the state of the world's oceans. Its principle contribution is to bring together an ecological economics perspective to the ocean world. In so doing, it broadens the vision of how we should understand the marine environment and, perhaps, what we can do to mitigate or even resolve these challenges.'- Quentin Grafton, The Australian National University


Contents:Preface1. Towards an Ecological Economics of the Oceans and CoastsMurray Patterson PART I: FOUNDATIONAL ECOLOGY, COMPLEXITY AND SCIENCE ISSUES2. Global Ecology of the Oceans and CoastsBen McNeil3. Biodiversity of the OceansMurray Patterson, Garry McDonald, Keith Probert and Nicola Smith4. Oceans and Coasts as Complex Adaptive SystemsMark Gibbs and Anthony ColePART II: ECONOMIC AND OTHER VALUES OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT5. Neoclassical Frameworks for Optimizing the Value of Marine ResourcesBasil Sharpe and Chris Batstone6. Non-Market Value of Ecosystem Services Provided by Coastal and Nearshore Marine SystemsMatthew Wilson and Shuang Liu7. Ecological Shadow Prices and Contributory Value: A Biophysical Approach to Valuing Marine EcosystemsMurray Patterson 8. The Open Horizon: Exploring Spiritual and Cultural Values of the Oceans and CoastsCharlotte eundePART III: MARINE SUSTAINABILITY: INTEGRATING ECOLOGY, ECONOMICS AND SOCIAL DIMENSIONS9. Economic Drivers of Change and their Oceanic-Coastal Ecological ImpactsMurray Patterson and Derrylea Hardy10. Integrative Economy-Ecology Models for Marine ManagementMatthias Ruth11. Poverty and Inequality at Sea: Challenges for Ecological EconomicsBruce GlavovicPART IV: IMPLEMENTING AN ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS OF THE OCEANS AND COASTS12. Minimum Information Management: Harvesting the Harvesters' Assessment of Dynamic Fisheries SystemsChris Batstone and Basil Sharpe13. Designing Property Rights for Achieving Sustainable Development of the OceansBasil Sharpe14. Ocean and Coastal Governance for Sustainability: Imperatives for Integrating Ecology and EconomicsBruce Glavovic15. Summary and Future Challenges for an Ecological Economics of the Oceans and CoastsMurray Patterson and Bruce GlavovicIndex

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