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Description - Panarchy by Lance H. Gunderson

Panarchy, a term devised to describe evolving hierarchical systems with multiple interrelated elements, offers an important new framework for understanding and resolving this dilemma. Panarchy is the structure in which systems, including those of nature (e.g., forests) and of humans (e.g., capitalism), as well as combined human-natural systems (e.g., institutions that govern natural resource use such as the Forest Service), are interlinked in continual adaptive cycles of growth, accumulation, restructuring, and renewal. These transformational cycles take place at scales ranging from a drop of water to the biosphere, over periods from days to geologic epochs. By understanding these cycles and their scales, researchers can identify the points at which a system is capable of accepting positive change, and can use those leverage points to foster resilience and sustainability within the system.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781559638579
ISBN-10: 1559638575
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 536
Imprint: Island Press
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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