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Resilience Practice

Building Capacity to Absorb Disturbance and Maintain Function

Walker, Brian, Salt, David

2012, XVI, 228 p.


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  • Strongest selling point for Resilience Practice is the success of Resilience Thinking
  • Readers of that volume will welcome another book with the same accessible style and more concrete practical examples
  • As a reviewer said, the book offers cutting-edge science by one of the most creative scientists of his generation (Walker)
  • Authors have identified strong collaborators for the case studies; they will be strong selling points
  • Focus on developing countries is important facet that should attract readers

In 2006, Resilience Thinking addressed an essential question: As the natural systems that sustain us are subjected to shock after shock, how much can they take and still deliver the services we need from them? This idea caught the attention of both the scientific community and the general public.

In Resilience Practice, authors Brian Walker and David Salt take the notion of resilience one step further, applying resilience thinking to real-world situations and exploring how systems can be managed to promote and sustain resilience.

The book begins with an overview and introduction to resilience thinking and then takes the reader through the process of describing systems, assessing their resilience, and intervening as appropriate. Following each chapter is a case study of a different type of social-ecological system and how resilience makes a difference to that system in practice. The final chapters explore resilience in other arenas, including on a global scale.

Resilience Practice will help people with an interest in the “coping capacity” of systems—from farms and catchments to regions and nations—to better understand how resilience thinking can be put into practice. It offers an easy-to-read but scientifically robust guide through the real-world application of the concept of resilience and is a must read for anyone concerned with the management of systems at any scale.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Coastal fisheries - Green revolution - Natural resource management - Resilience assessment - Wetlands

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Ecology - Global Change - Climate Change - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 


1. Preparing for Practice: The Essence of Resilience Thinking
Case Study 1: Thresholds on the Range: A Safe Operating Space for Grazing Enterprises

2. Describing the System
Case Study 2: From Taos to Bali and Sri Lanka: Traditional Irrigation at the Crossroads

3. Assessing Resilience
Case Study 3: Assessing Resilience for “the Plan”: The Namoi and Central West Catchment Management Authorities

4. Managing Resilience
Case Study 4: People and Pen Shells, Marine Parks and Rules: Why Governance Is Central to the Resilience of Coastal Fisheries

5. Practicing Resilience in Different Ways
Case Study 5: Out of the Swamp: Lessons from Big Wetlands

6. A Resilient World

Postscript: A View from the Northwest PassageReferences
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