Economics and Ecology

Author: Edward B. Barbier
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401115184
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In the Summer of 1991, Bob Carling, who was then Life Sciences Editor of Chapman & Hall, approached me over the possibility of producing an edited volume of works on economics and ecology. As we discussed the matter further, what became clear is that there is a growing literature on the' frontiers' of both disciplines that has involved economists 'borrowing' from ecology and ecologists 'borrowing' from economics. We decided that this volume should try to provide a small cross-section of that literature. I was very much interested in editing this volume for several reasons. First, one of my principal interests in economics has been how the economic analysis of natural resource and environmental problems can benefit from the concepts and lessons learned from other disciplines, in particular ecology. I was grateful at having the opportunity to pull together a selection of readings that illustrate how the integration of the two disciplines can lead to fruitful analysis. Second, I was also aware that, as Director of the London Environmental Economics Centre and as a Senior Researcher at the International Institute of Environment and Development, I was fortunate to have worked with or to have known a number of economists and ecologists whose work would be ideal for this volume. I was delighted that so many of my friends and colleagues were as enthusiastic about this project as I, and agreed to participate.

Betriebliches Umweltmanagement 1998

Author: Horst Albach
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3663079929
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Die Beiträge dieses Buches, die sowohl empirische Studien als auch quantitative Modelle und theoretische Analysen auf hohem Niveau umfassen, zeigen das breite Spektrum auf, in dem derzeit in dieser noch recht jungen Teildisziplin der Betriebswirtschaftslehre gearbeitet wird. Ihre Themen reichen von Fragen der Umweltethik, des strategischen Umweltmanagement und der Absatztheorie über die umweltorientierte Produktionstheorie und die Umweltkostenrechnung zu Problemen der Entsorgung un der Abfallvermeidung. Verzeichnis: Das Buch behandelt aktuelle Entwicklungen bei der Forschung, besonders die gesellschaftliche Dimension des Umweltmanagements wie zum Beispiel das Stakeholder-Konzept.

Sustainable Ecological Agriculture in China

Author: Tian Shi
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 1604977159
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Ecological economics emphasizes the two-way interdependencies between the micro and macro levels. Although the questions about ecological agricultural research arise from the local level, their answers may lie at higher levels within the realm of political economy. Therefore, it requires substantial research not only on the links between local production systems and the larger national economy, political structures, and decision-making processes, but also the role and limitations of the national and local authorities in policy development and implementation. There is also scant research on Chinese ecological agriculture published in English. This book helps fill the void. It employs a trans-disciplinary approach to investigate the connection and discrepancy between knowledge and actions. It presents methodological perspectives and practical suggestions for the comprehensive analysis of ecological agriculture as inputs to improved agricultural policy-making for sustainability practices. In this way, this book illuminates the possibility of bridging the gap between local level implementation and the larger political-economic processes. This book helpfully provides a comprehensive analytical framework within which agricultural sustainability can be better analyzed and understood by articulating ecological economics as a policy science to guarantee transparency and fairness in the decision-making process . It shows the important role that traditional culture can play in promoting ecologically and socially sound development. It further emphasizes the imperative to move the ideology of ecological agriculture into the political realm and promotes a continuous dialogue between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. It also suggests that local government has a significant role to play in establishing appropriate institutional arrangements and policy settings (e.g., bottom-up policy initiatives) for sustainable ecological agricultural development. By elaborating on the methodological synthesis of ecological economics and system dynamics modeling as a holistic approach to facilitate an improved policy-making process for agricultural sustainability, this book demonstrates the effectiveness of this alternative approach to improve policy making process and facilitate the realization of sustainability through a case study in China. This book will be an important resource not only to those interested in China, but also to scholars and policy makers around the world because of its global relevance in the areas of ecological economics, ecological agriculture, sustainable resource management, political economy, system dynamics thinking and modeling, and participation in the policy-making process.

Handbook of Environmental and Resource Economics

Author: Jeroen C. J. M. Van den Bergh
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1843768585
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This major reference book comprises specially commissioned surveys in environmental and resource economics written by an international team of experts. Authoritative yet accessible, each entry provides a state-of-the-art summary of key areas that will be invaluable to researchers, practitioners and advanced students.

Global Environmental Law at a Crossroads

Author: Robert V. Percival
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1783470852
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This timely volume considers the future of environmental law and governance in the aftermath of the "Rio+20" conference. An international set of expert contributors begin by addressing a range of governance concepts that can be used to addres

OUR FRAGILE WORLD Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development Volume II

Author: M. K. Tolba
Publisher: EOLSS Publications
ISBN: 0953494470
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This publication, Our Fragile World: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development presents perspectives of several important subjects that are covered in greater detail and depth in the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS). The contributions to the two volumes provide an integrated presentation of knowledge and worldviews related to the state of: Earth's natural resources, social resources, institutional resources, and economic and financial resources. They present the vision and thinking of over 200 authors in support of efforts to solve the complex problems connected with sustainable development, and to secure perennial life support on "The Blue Planet'. These contributions are holistic, informative, forward looking, and will be of interest to a broad readership. This volume presents contributions with focus on the Economic and Institutional Dimensions of Sustainable Development in two sections: KNOWLEDGE, TECHNOLOGY, AND MANAGEMENT (Knowledge; Technology and Management ; Economics; Finance and trade). – POLICY AND INSITUTIONAL IMPLICATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (Policy Issues; Institutional implications; Regional Analysis).

Nachhaltige Entwicklung

Author: Volker Radke
Publisher: Physica
ISBN:
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Der Begriff der nachhaltigen Entwicklung hat in der umwelt- und ressourcenökonomischen Literatur einen beispiellosen Siegeszug erlebt. Zwei Aspekte sind besonders augenfällig: Erstens ist eine bemerkenswerte Heterogenität hinsichtlich der inhaltlichen Auslegungen dieses Begriffes zu konstatieren. Zweitens ist ein intensives Bemühen um eine Operationalisierung des Nachhaltigkeitsgrundsatzes festzustellen, wobei der Schwerpunkt im Bereich der Entwicklung aussagefähiger Nachhaltigkeitsindikatoren liegt. Die Operationalisierbarkeit eines Zieles, so ist jedoch zu vermuten, steigt grundsätzlich mit der Exaktheit seiner Definition. Aus dieser Spannung bezieht dieses Buch seine Motivation. Auf der Grundlage definitorischer Vorüberlegungen werden Nachhaltigkeitsindikatoren entwickelt, die "schwache" und "starke" Nachhaltigkeitskonzeptionen integrieren.

Frontiers of Environmental Economics

Author: Henk Folmer
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1843767090
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This is a book of uncompromising technical excellence, which does exactly what it promises to do: chart the cutting-edge frontiers of environmental and ecological economics, for the benefit of graduate students, professional academics, and policy making elites. The authors are mostly academic leaders in the field, the topics are hot . . . the contributors make the links between abstract theorizing and the concrete mental framing of issues that is a prerequisite for sound policy design . . . The papers in this collection exhibit rigorous and robust analytical frameworks, presented intuitively in clear words as well as mathematically, and harnessed to wide-ranging up-to-date bibliographies which quickly open the door into recent literature . . . this will be a book to keep on a convenient shelf for reference purposes . . . it is hard to imagine a graduate student reading this book and failing to spot opportunities to colonize new theoretical territory beyond the present frontier, or to explore empirically the areas outlined in these chapters. Geoffrey Bertram, Papers in Regional Science Top European and American scholars contribute to this cutting-edge volume on little-researched areas of environmental and resource economics. Topics include spatial economics, poverty and development, experimental economics, large-scale risk and its management, organizational economics, technological innovation and diffusion and many more. The common thread is the language and methodology of economics, yet the work aims to reach an audience wider than academia; others such as researchers and policymakers, in the public sector, professional staff in research institutes and think tanks, and environmental consultants will all benefit from an awareness of these crucial issues which, if not considered now, will become the problems of the future.