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The University of Akron Press
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This timely collection written by an interdisciplinary array of law professors, who specialize in legal and policy issues surrounding ecosystem management, and scholars and practitioners in areas such as environmental policy and planning, conservation, economics, and biology explore why ecosystems must be valued and managed in their own right. The importance of ecosystems has been underestimated. We cannot simply hope ecosystems will benefit from legislation focused on other environmental and natural resource protections, such as those for wildlife, trees, air and water. An ecosystem, a community of organisms together with their physical environment, viewed as a system of interacting and interdependent relationships, has its own intricate administrative issues. Edited by Kalyani Robbins, a law professor, The Laws of Nature will investigate how ecosystems function, their value to humans and wildlife, and what factors affect ecosystems' survival. This analysis will be coupled with cutting-edge theories and regulatory proposals from legal scholars who study ecosystem questions. In the end, a thorough and multi-disciplinary understanding of the importance of ecosystem will be presented.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. I. Understanding and Evaluating Ecosystem Management Thus Far
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. An Ecosystem Management Primer History, Perceptions, and Modern Definition
  2. pp. 3-19
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  1. 2. Ecosystem-Based Management
  2. pp. 20-41
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  1. 3. Integrating Law, Policy, and Science in Managing and Restoring Ecosystems
  2. pp. 42-66
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  1. 4. Whatever Happened to Ecosystem Manageme
  2. pp. 67-94
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  1. II. Letting Theory Inform Practice
  2. pp. 95-96
  1. 5. Ecosystem Services and Ecosystem Management—How Good a Fit?
  2. pp. 97-121
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  1. 6. Ecosystem Management: A Policy-Oriented Jurisprudence Perspective
  2. pp. 122-142
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  1. III. Making Better Use of Existing Federal Law
  2. pp. 143-144
  1. 7. Addition by Subtraction: NEPA Routines as Means to More Systemic Ends
  2. pp. 145-183
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  1. 8. Restoration and Law in Ecosystem Management
  2. pp. 184-217
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  1. 9. Landscape-scale Conservation and Ecosystem Services: Leveraging Federal Policies
  2. pp. 218-232
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  1. IV. Finding the Right Tools Going Forward
  2. pp. 233-234
  1. 10. Wildlife Conservation,Climate Change, and Ecosystem Management
  2. pp. 235-260
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  1. 11. From Principles to Practice: Developing a Vision and Policy Framework to Make Ecosystem Management a Reality
  2. pp. 261-282
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  1. 12. Valuation and Payment for Ecosystem Services as Tools to Improve Ecosystem Management
  2. pp. 283-300
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 301-312
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