This unique addition to reference literature provides an introduction to the major concepts and contemporary issues that are essential for students of environmental science and environmental studies to know. With over 200 entries authored by world-class names like Anthony Brazel, John Day and Edward Keller, this text is divided into six sections: Environmental Science, Environments, Paradigms & Concepts, Processes & Dynamics, Scales & Techniques, and Environmental Issues.
The ecosystem approach is defined as a strategy for management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way, and was adopted at the Second Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Biodiversity (CBD) in 2003 as the primary framework for action under the Convention. For coastal zone ecosystems, an early paper dealing with the ecosystem approach of estuarine systems was published by Day and Yáñez-Arancibia in 1982.
What is distinctive about the ecosystem approach? It provides a framework for planning and decision-making that balances the objectives of the CBD. People are placed at the centre of biodiversity management. Capturing and optimizing the functional benefits of ecosystems is emphasized. The importance of biodiversity management beyond ...