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

Edited By: Fikret Berkes and Carl Folke

459 pages, 49 line illus, 15 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | May 2000 | #106248 | ISBN: 0521785626
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Hardback | Feb 1998 | #69230 | ISBN: 0521591406
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Provides a systematic treatment of the mechanisms behind the social and ecological linkages in ecosystems. The purpose of the book is to investigate how the stewardship of selected ecosystems can be improved by learning from a variety of management systems and their dynamics.

'This is a scholarly work, with an international focus, providing detailed ethnography and analysis of local and regional resource management systems. It should prove useful to ecologists, some anthropologists, cultural geographers and ecological economists ... The systems-based, interdisciplinary, non-reductionist spirit that permeates this book represents a significant contribution to the understanding of human/nature relations.' Michael Redclift, The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Fikret Berkes and Carl Folke brought together a remarkable group of people and organized their scholarly work to produce a splendid volume that marries the best research on social and ecological systems that exists today.' Ecological Economics 'These volumes offer the basis of a synthetic view of environment and human decision-making. Such work is of the highest importance, both as a basis for policy and for its inherent intellectual challenge.' W. M. Adams, TREE 'Berkes and Folke have produced a high quality publication which contributes to the laying of foundations for more harmonious socio-environmental relations in the future' Journal of Applied Ecology ' unusually coherent edited collection, which develops an unambiguous and compelling argument for adopting a rigorous interdisciplinary appraoch to natural resource management.' Journal of Applied Ecology 'A welcome contribution to the debate on the sustainable use of natural resources.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institution


1. Linking social and ecological systems for resilience and sustainability Fikret Berkes and Carl Folke; Part I. Learning from Locally Devised Systems: 2. People, refugia and resilience Madhav Gadgil, Natabar S. Hemam and B. Mohan Reddy; 3. Learning by fishing: practical engagement and environemntal concerns Gisli Palsson; 4. Dalecarlia in Central Sweden before 1800: a society of social and ecological resilience Ulf Sporrong; Part II. Emergence of Resource Management Adaptations: 5. Learning to design reslilient resource management: indigenous systems in the Canadian subarctic Fikret Berkes; 6. Resilience and neotraditional populations: the caicaras of the Atlantic forest and caboclos of the Amazon (Brazil) Alpina Begossi; 7. Indigenous African resource management of a tropical rain forest ecosystem: a case study of the Yoruba of Ara, Nigeria D. Michael Warren and Jennifer Pinkson; 8. Managing for human and ecological context in the Maine soft shell clam fishery Susan S. Hanna; Part III. Success and Failure in Regional Systems: 9. Resilient resource management in Mexico's forest ecosystems: the contribution of property rights Janis B. Alcorn and Victor M. Toledo; 10. The resilience of pastoral herding in Sahelian Africa Maryam Niamir-Fuller; 11. Reviving the social system-ecosystem links in the Himalayas Narpat S. Jodha; 12. Crossing the threshold of ecosystem resilience: the commercial extinction of northern cod A. Christopher Finlayson and Bonnie J. McCay; Part IV. Designing New Approaches to Management: 13. Science, sustainability and resource management C. S. Holling, Fikret Berkes and Carl Folke; 14. Integrated management of a temperate montane forest ecosystem through holistic forestry: a British Columbia example Evelyn Pinkerton; 15. Managing chaotic fisheries James M. Acheson, James A. Wilson and Robert S. Steneck; 16. Social mechanisms and institutional learning for resilience and sustainability Carl Folke, Fikret Berkes and Johan Colding; Index.

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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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