The world is changing quickly, and our models of
learning, communicating, and acting must change
accordingly. Throughout society we must rethink
basic notions of how we define and accomplish
our goals in a complex and changing environment,
including how we prepare ourselves for professional
careers. This book is an effort in that direction
for students in natural resource management.
It is a response to some of the challenges we perceive
students will face in the early twenty-first
century, and it is a practice field on which they
may begin to develop their skills....
The primary purpose of preparing this edition is to provide an update. In the 14 years since
the first edition was published, ecological risk assessment has gone from being a marginal
activity to being a relatively mature practice. There are now standard frameworks and
guidance documents in the United States and several other countries. Ecological risk assessment
is applied to the regulation of chemicals, the remediation of contaminated sites, the
importation of exotic organisms, the management of watersheds, and other environmental
Current efforts to address climate change focus mainly on reducing emissions of greenhouse
gases, mainly through cleaner energy strategies, and on attempting to reduce vulnerability of
communities at risk by improving infrastructure to meet new energy and water needs. This
report attempts to set out a compelling argument for including ecosystem‐based approaches to
mitigation and adaptation as a third and essential pillar in national strategies to address climate
change. The report is targeted at both Bank task teams and country clients.
Exploring the implementation of participatory, multistakeholder, and transdisciplinary ecosystem health research, Integrated Assessment of Health and Sustainability of Agroecosystems combines the latest theories in complexity and management with practical tools and approaches for sustainable rural development research. Although the text focuses on smallholder farming communities in the central highlands of Kenya, the material discussed can be-and has been-effectively applied to agroecosystems in many other parts of the world.
Global warming and changes in climate have already had observed impacts on natural
ecosystems and species. Natural systems such as wetlands, mangroves, coral reefs, cloud
forests, Arctic and high latitude ecosystems are especially vulnerable to climate‐induced
disturbances. Enhanced protection and management of biological resources and habitats can
mitigate impacts and contribute to solutions as nations and communities strive to adapt to
climate change. Biodiversity is the foundation and mainstay of agriculture, forests, and fisheries.
In Germany, the cheque has never become as important as it has in many other countries of the
western world. In terms of numbers it accounts for a mere 1.3% of all cashless transactions, in terms
of value just 2.7%. It is used for only 0.1% of all payments at retailers. On account of the increase in
more efficient debit card payments, the importance of the cheque is steadily decreasing. A further
decline in cheque payments in retail business can be expected as the eurocheque guarantee ceased
at the end of the year 2001. Although the number and value of...