Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World
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Resilience Thinking by Brian Walker
Book DescriptionIncreasingly, cracks are appearing in the capacity of communities, ecosystems, and landscapes to provide the goods and services that sustain our planet's well-being. The response from most quarters has been for "more of the same" that created the situation in the first place: more control, more intensification, and greater efficiency. "Resilience thinking" offers a different way of understanding the world and a new approach to managing resources. It embraces human and natural systems as complex entities continually adapting through cycles of change and seeks to understand the qualities of a system that must be maintained or enhanced in order to achieve sustainability. It explains why greater efficiency by itself cannot solve resource problems and offers a constructive alternative that opens up options rather than closing them down. In "Resilience Thinking", scientist Brian Walker and science writer David Salt present an accessible introduction to the emerging paradigm of resilience. The book arose out of appeals from colleagues in science and industry for a plainly written account of what resilience is all about and how a resilience approach differs from current practices. Rather than complicated theory, the book offers a conceptual overview along with five case studies of resilience thinking in the real world. It is an engaging and important work for anyone interested in managing risk in a complex world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781597260930
(229mm x 152mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Island Press
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 22-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Brian Walker
King of the Comics, Hardback (October 2015)
Featuring Krazy Kat! Popeye! Flash Gordon! Beetle Bailey! Blondie! Prince Valiant! Hagar the Horrible! Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, this book marks the centennial birthday bash, that is hosted by various authors.
Resilience Practice, Paperback (July 2012)
Begins with an overview and introduction to resilience thinking and then takes the reader through the process of describing systems, assessing their resilience, and intervening as appropriate. This book offers a scientifically robust guide through the real-world application of the concept of resilience.
Comics, Hardback (March 2011)
Brian Walker's two comprehensive guides to American comics, The Comics Before 1945 and The Comics Since 1945, are combined here in one beautifully designed omnibus edition, The Comics: The Complete Collection.
Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau, Hardback (October 2010)» View all books by Brian Walker
Best known for his wry and incisive takes on American life and politics through the comic strip "Doonesbury", Garry Trudeau is among the world's most widely read cartoonists. In addition to revealing how "Doonesbury" is crafted each week, this book also examines Trudeau's magazine illustrations, animation drawings, posters, and product designs.
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Author Biography - Brian Walker
Brian Walker is past chief of Australia's CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology and is currently science program director of the Resilience Alliance. David Salt is a science writer and editor with 18 years' experience writing and producing popular science magazines and newsletters for a wide range of audiences.
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