Panarchy Synopsis: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems

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Island Press, Aug 1, 2002 - Political Science - 64 pages
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‘Panarchy’ is a new term coined from the name of the Greek god Pan, a symbol of universal nature and associated with unpredictable change. It represents an alternative framework for managing the issues that emerge from the interaction between people and nature. That interaction generates countless surprises, often the result of slow changes that can accumulate and unexpectedly flip an ecosystem or an economy into a qualitatively different state. That state may be not only impoverished, but also effectively irreversible. Thus, understanding how such change occurs is critical to achieving a sustainable society.  Developed from the work of the Resilience Alliance, a worldwide group of leading organizations and individuals involved in ecological and economic research, Panarchy provides a framework to understand the cycles of change in complex systems and to gauge if, when, and how they can be influenced. This synopsis introduces lay readers and decision makers to this widely acclaimed line of inquiry and to the basic concept behind Panarchy, published by Island Press.
 

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Contents

Why Panarchy?
1
Surprise and Renewal
5
The Pathology of Resource Management
11
Resilience
17
Connectedness
19
Matters of Scale
21
Natural Congregations
23
Cascading Change
25
Remember
29
The Adaptive Cycle and Local Knowledge
31
How Do Human and Natural Systems Differ?
35
Challenges of Adaptive Management
39
Panarchy and the Economics of Natural Resources
45
An End and a Beginning
47
Notes
49
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Lance H. Gunderson is associate professor and chair in the Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
C. S. Holling is emeritus eminent scholar in the Department of Zoology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Bernice Wuethrich is a science writer whose work has appeared in Smithsonian, Discover, Science, International Wildlife, and New Scientist magazines.

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