This book contains the papers presented at the International Conference on the
Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological
Hazards, which was held in Patagonia, Argentina. The Conference name was
shortened to ‘The Ravage of the Planet’ to emphasize the urgency of the problems
The state of our planet continues to deteriorate at an alarming rate. We have
arrived at a situation where we need to determine urgent solutions before we reach
a point of irreversible damage....
the main lesson to draw from this broad range of strategies is the importance of community
engagement and the key leadership role that women living with Hiv have to play in tailoring the
Hiv response to their needs.
World Bank documents and speeches now emphasise the need to assess the links between
social and environmental changes and macroeconomic performance. Bank President
Wolfensohn’s main current reform proposal is to refine and implement his Comprehensive
Development Framework (CDF); an attempt to present an integrated, holistic analysis of the
relationship between human, structural and environmental change and its traditional goals of
macroeconomic stability and economic growth.
This collection of papers reflects the diversity of concepts, methods, and case studies that
address the challenge of
Managing for Healthy Ecosystems
as holistic environmental management
in the context of health, integrity, and sustainability.
embodies the capacity of
ecosystems to function without impairment, while
concerns the assessment of ecosystem
conditions relative to social goals and adoption of interventions to achieve designated goals.
For many organizations their dependence on information systems, both within the company
and networked up and down their supply chain, is now business critical. Any sustained loss
of availability of these systems would threaten the very existence of the business.
Security is a holistic issue. Vulnerabilities in physical, personnel and electronic
security all need to be addressed with equal commitment. Too many businesses still focus
on physical security without sustaining even basic precautions in personnel and electronic
The history, culture and community values of East Africans are embedded in agriculture. It is the most
important source of livelihoods for millions of East Africans. The sustainable management of the
agriculture production process is therefore crucial if livelihoods are to be sustained.
Organic agriculture is a holistic production management system, which promotes and enhances agro-
ecosystem health, including bio-diversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity.
These are complex, interlinked issues. “Sustainable
development” has been proposed as a holistic
approach for dealing with these complexities.
Sustainable development integrates economic, envi-
ronmental and social considerations in order to
improve the lives of the current generation and ensure
that future generations will have adequate resources
Over recent decades, public awareness and concern
has grown, as has knowledge of the effects of our
activities on the environment.
Despite the steady growth in the organic sector in recent years, it remains a fledgling research area,
particularly in Western Canada. Most of the information on the benefits and impacts of organic
agriculture is based on research from Europe, and there has been comparatively little research focused
on the contribution of organic production to sustainable agriculture in the Canadian context.