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Concepts of ecological integrity have recently been proposed to facilitate enhanced protection of biological and ecological resources against the threat of human activities. The promotion of ecological integrity as a basis for public policy and decision making stems from scientists and others concerned about the threats of human activities to ecosystems and species, and from philosophers attempting to derive a more suitable ethic to guide the relationships between humans and the non-human environment. Although ecological integrity has been proposed as a norm for public policy and decision making, the concept is relatively new and therefore the underlying scientific and philosophical rationales have not been fully developed. This book offers a number of perspectives to stimulate and inform future discussion on the importance and consequences of ecological integrity for science, morality and public policy. Audience: Environmental professionals, whether academic, governmental or industrial, or working in the private consultancy sector. Also suitable as an upper-level reference text.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »biodiversity - development - ecosystem - ethics - morality - sustainability - sustainable development
1. Introduction; J. Lemons, L. Westra. Conceptual dimensions of integrity. 2. Ecosystem integrity and sustainability: the foundational value of the wild; L. Westra. 3. Ecological integrity: reclaiming lost connections; J.R. Karr, E.W. Chu. 4. Embracing complexity: the challenge of the ecosystem approach; J.J. Kay, E. Schneider. 5. Ecological integrity and sustainability: buzzwords in conflict? R.F. Noss. 6. Ecosystem integrity: a causal necessity; R.E. Ulanowicz. 7. Ecosystem integrity in a context of ecostudies as related to the Great Lakes region; H.A. Regier. 8. Universal environmental sustainability and the principle of integrity; R. Goodland, H. Daly. Integrity: science, ethics, and policy. 9. Hard ecology, soft ecology, and ecosystem integrity; K. Shrader-Frechette. 10. Science for the post normal age; S.O. Funtowicz, J.R. Ravetz. 11. The value of integrity; M. Sagoff. Case studies and practical consequences of applying integrity. 12. Ecological integrity and national parks; J. Lemons. 13. The importance of landscape in ecosystem integrity: the example of Everglades restoration efforts; D.M. Flemming, et al. 14. Integrity, sustainability, biodiversity and forestry; P. Miller. 15. The global population, food, and the environment; D. Pimentel. 16. Sustainable development and economic growth; J.E. Reichart, P.H. Werhane. 17. Ethical obligations of multinational corporations to the global environment: the McDonald's Corporation and conservation; J.D. Nations, et al. Index.