Ecology & Environment

Ecosystem Classification for Environmental Management

Editors: Klijn, Frans (Ed.)

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When Lovelock published his 'Gaia', it was for many people quite a relief. We would not be able to destroy life on earth. Lovelock illustrated this argument with a wealth of mechanistic feedback processes, as we know them to occur in ecosystems. These feedback processes would, somehow, lead the earth as a whole into a new equilibrium. An equilibrium with life within, be it in an entirely changed environment. This is, indeed, let us be earnest: a functioning ecosystem. But what kind of ecosystem? The Gaia-hypothesis triggered a great deal of thought and discussion about what we actually require as an environment. Bio­ diversity as an abbreviation of biotic diversity has since become the focal point of societal concern. But again, when we think about it, we are not only interested in the sheer number of species on earth. We also have ')ther interests: nearby, in our backyards, in the surrounding countryside, and on the various locations where we would like to spend our holidays. We also want to preserve rare or characteristic species just for their own sake. In fact, we want species in viable populations to be part of communities that are self-maintaining in environments where they belong. We know we cannot ask for this without protecting their environment, which is also our environment. This is where the next fashionable term emerges: sustainability.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Environmental policy and ecosystem classification

    Haes, Helias A. Udo (et al.)

    Pages 1-21

  • Basic principles of classification

    Zonneveld, Isaac S.

    Pages 23-47

  • System ecological concepts for environmental planning

    Haber, Wolfgang

    Pages 49-67

  • The natural hierarchy of ecological systems

    Godron, Michel

    Pages 69-83

  • Spatially nested ecosystems: guidelines for classification from a hierarchical perspective

    Klijn, Frans

    Pages 85-116

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecosystem Classification for Environmental Management
Editors
  • Frans Klijn
Series Title
Ecology & Environment
Series Volume
2
Copyright
1994
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-1384-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-1384-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-2917-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4420-4
Series ISSN
0929-0281
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 310
Number of Illustrations and Tables
32 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
Topics