We live in a world of rapid and unprecedented change. There’s growing evidence that the massive scale and extent of human activities such as transport and release of novel chemicals are undermining the capacity of nature to generate key ecosystem services on which we depend. A variety of novel and unpredictable effects that are difficult for society to cope with are of particular concern. Effects such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and changes in the nutrient cycles are increasing the incidence of highly disruptive and unpredictable shocks such as large storms and disease outbreaks.
“"Principles for Building Resilience: Sustaining Ecosystem Services in Social-Ecological Systems" provides an in-depth review of current knowledge around how resilience can be applied in the management of social-ecological systems and the ecosystem services they provide.” — Stockholm Resilience
“The book goes through the seven principles, one chapter at the time, assessing the evidence in support of each principle, while discussing their practical application and outlining further research needs.” — Sapecs
Jaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality and one of the world’s most brilliant thinkers. Who Owns the Future? is his visionary reckoning with the most urgent economic and social trend of our age: the poisonous concentration of money and power in our digital networks.
In the passionate debate that currently rages over globalization, critics have been heard blaming it for a host of ills afflicting poorer nations, everything from child labor to environmental degradation and cultural homogenization. Now Jagdish Bhagwati, the internationally renowned economist, takes on the critics, revealing that globalization, when properly governed, is
Young people growing up in our time are not only immersed in apps: they’ve come to think of the world as an ensemble of apps, to see their lives as a string of ordered apps, or perhaps, in many cases, a single, extended, cradle-to-grave app. (We’ve labeled this overarching app a
There’s growing evidence that the massive scale and extent of human activities such as transport and release of novel chemicals are undermining the capacity of nature to generate key ecosystem services on which we depend.
Fundamental to the resilience approach is the assumption that people are embedded in the biosphere at local to global scales, where they interact with and help shape the environment.
Diversity is wildly held to be important for resilience because it provides options for responding to change.
Systems with many different components are generally more resilient than systems with few or less heterogeneous components.
Response diversity in combination with functional redundancy is particularly important for providing options to maintain ecosystem services in the face of disturbance.
Measuring and monitoring of diversity and redundancy should be linked to particular ecosystem services as far as possible, rather than relying on general methods.
The resilience value of diversity and redundancy should be weighed against the gains in efficiency derived from streamlining towards optimal exploitation types.
Managing slow variables and feedbacks is a critical aspect of managing resilience in SES and the ecosystem services they produce.
Coordination among scales and governance units, and negotiating trade-offs amongst ecosystem-service users at different scales, are critical to effective polycentric governance.