National Parks and Protected Areas: Appoaches for Balancing Social, Economic, and Ecological Values
May 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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The planning and management staff of state/national parks and protected areas face a complex set of management problems and an uncertain future. Today, internal and external forces are combining with changes in management philosophy (from a species to an ecosystem focus) to create a new direction in natural resources management.
National Parks and Protected Areas: Approaches for Balancing Social, Economic and Ecological Values is peerless in its unified treatment of the issues surrounding this subject. From decision-making for planning and management to the principles of ecology and economics, this text examines the analytical methods, information technologies, and planning and management problems associated with protected area planning and management. Protected area managers and students in undergraduate and graduate courses in natural resource management will appreciate this highly readable book.
- A multidisciplinary, systems perspective
- Focus on science- and knowledge-based natural resource management
- Concentration on North American national parks and protected areas with information and examples from other parts of the world
- Clarification of methods for dealing with social, economic, and ecological uncertainty
- Explanations of biophysical and economic simulation models and information management technologies: GIS, remote sensing, decision support systems, computer animation, etc.
- Discussion of the role of local communities and joint decision making for designing and implementing management strategies
- Case studies which show multi-dimensional decision-making for specific management problems and issuesNatural resource policy makers, members of environmental organizations, and other stakeholders will also benefit from an enhanced understanding of the complex social, economic and ecological functions and values of national parks and protected areas facilitated by explanations of ecological and economic concepts that allow comprehension by individuals with limited background in these areas.