In North America, management methods intended to reduce and resolve environmental problems traditionally have followed a resource path; in other words, agencies were created to protect and regulate the use of land, air, and water resources, as well as to manage specific flora and fauna. The effectiveness of these traditional methods has recently come into question because of our failure to protect our ecosystems as a result of focusing on one piece at a time. Major reorganizations of large bureaucratic machines have begun to change the management focus to the larger reticulated systems in which survival of one species requires the vitality of numerous others. This major management shift, driven by evidence of dwindling biodiversity, is definitely encouraging, but requires such an enormous cultural change in existing institutions that its benefits may not be achieved for decades.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Managing for Healthy Ecosystems|
|Number of pages||2|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- Environmental Science(all)