Ecosystems Books

  • Restoration Ecology Journal

      Restoration Ecology, the Society’s bi-monthly scientific and technical peer-reviewed journal, fosters the exchange of ideas among the many disciplines involved in the process of ecological restoration and includes original papers describing experimental, observational and theoretical studies spanning both the natural and social ...

  • Marine Ecosystem-Based Management in Practice

    Julia Wondolleck and Steven Yaffee are hopeful.  Rather than lamenting the persistent conflicts in global marine ecosystems, they instead sought out examples where managers were doing things differently and making progress against great odds. They interviewed planners, managers, community members, fishermen, and environmentalists throughout ...

  • Ecological Restoration Book Series

     The practice of ecological restoration, firmly grounded in the science of restoration ecology, provides governments, organizations, and landowners a means to halt degradation and restore function and resilience to ecosystems stressed by climate change and other pressures on the natural world. Foundational theory is a critical component of ...

  • UNEP Year Book 2010

    The UNEP Year Book 2010 is essential, informative and authoritative reading and reports on new environmental science plus recent developments in our changing environment. It looks at progress in environmental governance: the effects of continuing degradation and loss of the world's ecosystems; impacts of climate change; how harmful substances and ...

  • Environmental Economics for Watershed Restoration

    Whether addressing pollution problems or helping protect a specific use, watershed associations are finding that the competition for funds is getting harder. While we can grasp the value of our streams for fishing or kayaking and other services, or their cultural value, or their value to an ecosystem, putting a dollar value on those benefits is ...

  • UNEP Yearbook 2009 New Science and Developments in our Changing Environment

    The UNEP Year Book 2009 examines in six chapters new science and developments, and discusses the cumulative effects expected from degradation of ecosystems, the release of substances harmful to those ecosystems and to human health, the consequences of our changing climate, the continued human and economic loss resulting from disasters and ...

  • Dryland opportunities : a new paradigm for people, ecosystems and development

    Drylands cover 41 percent of the earth’s terrestrial surface. The urgency of and international response to climate change have given a new place to drylands in terms both of their vulnerability to predicted climate change impacts and their potential contribution to climate change mitigation. This book aims to apply the new scientific insights on ...

  • Corporate Ecosystems Valuation - Building the business case

    In the course of daily operations, all businesses impact and depend on ecosystems and the essential ecosystem services they provide. In fact it is hard to think of any economic activity that does not benefit from ecosystem services or in some way alter the ecosystems around it. Corporate ecosystem valuation refers to the use of ecosystem valuation ...

  • Review of the Literature on the Links Between Biodiversity & Climate Change

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Assessment Report (AR4) concluded that climate change will have significant impacts on many aspects of biological diversity: on ecosytems, species, genetic diversity within species, and on ecological interactions. The implications of these impacts are significant for the long-term stability of ...

  • Blue Carbon : The Role of Healthy Oceans in Binding Carbon

    This report explores the potential for mitigating the impacts of climate change by improved management and protection of marine ecosystems and especially the vegetated coastal habitat, or blue carbon sinks.The objective of this report is to highlight the critical role of the oceans and ocean ecosystemsin maintaining our climate and in assisting ...

  • Climate Action 2009/2010

    This third annual edition of Climate Action focuses on some of the major issues for resolution in Copenhagen and the actors who can help to implement the solutions. Progress will require commitment and cooperation. Partnerships will be central, both in Copenhagen and beyond.Climate Action is produced to encourage and assist governments and ...

  • Wildlife in a Changing World: an Analysis of the 2008 Red List

    Life on Earth is under serious threat according to a detailed analysis of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This authoritative report is published, just before the 2010 target deadline governments set themselves, to evaluate how successful they were in reducing biodiversity loss.Beginning with an explanation of the IUCN Red List as a key ...

  • Sustainable Tourism III

    Tourism, internationally, is the largest economic sector both in terms of earnings and number of people employed. Understandably, the economic advantages have led to the active promotion of tourism by governments and other institutions, often independent of the consequences on the environment. The challenge is to balance the need for a low impact ...

  • Invasive Plants and Forest Ecosystems

    Invasive non-native species pose one of the greatest challenges for natural resource managers who are charged with the maintenance of biological diversity and the sustainable production of forest resources. With international contributors presenting an informed and integrated approach to the control of havoc-wrecking species, Invasive Plants and ...

  • Mangroves

    Mangroves are among the most important ecosystems on the planet. They provide food and protection for a huge variety of marine and land-based species, sustain livelihoods of coastal populations, and provide protection from ocean swell and extreme weather events. Today, however, the world’s mangroves are under threat from several sources including ...

  • The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review - Guidelines for Identifying Business Risks and Opportunities Arising from Ecosystem Change - (ESR guide)

    The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review - Guidelines for Identifying Business Risks and Opportunities Arising from Ecosystem Change The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR) consists of a structured methodology that helps managers proactively develop strategies to manage business risks and opportunities arising from their company’s dependence ...

  • Spatiotemporal Patterns in Ecology and Epidemiology: Theory, Models, and Simulation

    Although the spatial dimension of ecosystem dynamics is now widely recognized, the specific mechanisms behind species patterning in space are still poorly understood and the corresponding theoretical framework is underdeveloped. Going beyond the classical Turing scenario of pattern formation, Spatiotemporal Patterns in Ecology and Epidemiology: ...

  • Seagrasses and sand dunes

    Seagrass meadows and sand dunes are lesser known coastal ecosystems that are located landward from coral reefs and sometimes seaward from mangroves. (At other times mangroves lie between seagrasses and sand dunes.) These ecosystems are also important for coastal communities because of the services they provide and are critical components of a ...

  • Managing seagrasses for resilience to climate change

    Seagrasses are flowering plants that thrive in shallow oceanic and estuarine waters around the world. Although there are only about 60 species of seagrasses worldwide, these plants play an important role in many shallow, near-shore, marine ecosystems. There is growing evidence that seagrasses are declining globally because of anthropogenic ...

  • Coral reefs

    Corals are a vital component of marine ecosystems. They provide food and protection for a huge variety of fish and marine life; are crucial to sustaining livelihoods among coastal populations; and a key mechanism for ensuring the protection of low-lying coastal areas. Despite their importance, the world’s coral reefs are being destroyed and ...

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