Overview: Managing for biodiversity

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationManaging for Healthy Ecosystems
PublisherCRC Press
Pages357-358
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781420032130
ISBN (Print)9781566706124
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Mazet, J. A. (2002). Overview: Managing for biodiversity. In Managing for Healthy Ecosystems (pp. 357-358). CRC Press.