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Striving for environmental sustainability in a complex world : Canadian experiences / George Francis.

Francis, George [Browse]
  • Vancouver ; Toronto : UBC Press, [2016]
  • ©2016
vi, 250 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Sustainability and the environment. [More in this series]
Summary note:
"As the quickening pace of ecological change around the globe increases our anxiety about the long-term sustainability of the Earth's ecosystems, internationally renowned sustainability studies authority George Francis provides a timely synthesis of Canada's response to a growing global crisis. With rich and varied insight, spirited prose, and a deep and personal engagement with the material, the author documents the challenges faced by those who manage complex sustainability projects. Focusing mainly on long-term collaborative studies of sixteen landscape regions in Canada designated as "Biosphere Reserves" by the UNESCO international "Man and the Biosphere" program, and another fifteen regions designated as "Model Forests" by the Canadian Forest Service, Francis also summarizes a number of smaller endeavours in regions across the country. The author's unique perspective is rooted in his intimate involvement in many of the initiatives he details. Project participants cope with situations that are sometimes unpredictable, often frustrating, and, in certain cases, transformative. The volume concludes on a hopeful note, looking forward to a future of solutions--those considered, proposed, promoted, and in some cases already implemented by groups striving to create sustainable societies in an increasingly complex world."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Adopting complexity to guide inquiries: framework, methods, and rationale -- The landscape regions: biosphere reserves and model forests -- Governing landscape regions: learning from experience and surprise -- Technologies and innovations: recent origins and the Canadian situation -- Innovations and sustainability in the landscape regions: looking ahead, looking back -- Other approaches toward desirable sustainability for communities in Canada -- Where next? Possibilities being explored -- Where next for complexity thinking itself? Notes on the complexification of complexity.
Other format(s):
Issued also in electronic format.
Case studies.
  • 9780774831383 (hardback)
  • 0774831383 (hardback)
  • (pdf)
  • (epub)
  • (mobi)
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