Social-ecological resilience and law

Edited by: Ahjond S. Garmestani and Craig R. Allen



Environmental law envisions ecological systems as existing in an equilibrium state, reinforcing a rigid legal framework unable to absorb rapid environmental changes and innovations in sustainability. For the past four decades, “resilience theory,” which embraces uncertainty and nonlinear dynamics in complex adaptive systems, has provided a robust, invaluable foundation for sound environmental management. Reforming American law to incorporate this knowledge is the key to sustainability. This volume features top legal and resilience scholars speaking on resilience theory and its legal applications to climate change, biodiversity, national parks, and water law.

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Publication type Book
Title Social-ecological resilience and law
ISBN 9780231160599
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Columbia University Press
Contributing office(s) Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Description 416 p.