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Global Integrity Project has brought together leading scientists and thinkers from around the world to examine the combined problems of threatened and unequal human well-being, degradation of the ecosphere, and unsustainable economies. Based on the proposition that healthy, functioning ecosystems are a necessary prerequisite for both economic security and social justice, the project is built around the concept of ecological integrity and its practical implications for policy and management.
Ecological Integrity presents a synthesis and findings of the project. Contributors -- including Robert Goodland, James Karr, Orie Loucks, Jack Manno, William Rees, Mark Sagoff, Robert Ulanowicz, Philippe Crabbe, Laura Westra, David Pimentel, Reed Noss, and others -- examine the key elements of ecological integrity and consider what happens when integrity is lost or compromised. The book:
Contributors argue that there is an urgent need for rapid and fundamental change in the ecologically destructive patterns of collective human behavior if society is to survive and thrive in coming decades.
Ecological Integrity is a groundbreaking book that integrates environmental science, economics, law, and ethics in problem analysis, synthesis, and solution, and is a vital contribution for anyone concerned with interactions between human and planetary health.
PART I. Introduction and Outline of the Integrity Concept
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Ecological Integrity and the Aims of the Global Integrity Project
PART II. Historical and Philosophical Foundations
Chapter 3. Ecological Integrity and the Darwinian Paradigm
Chapter 4. Ecosystem Design in Historical and Philosophical Context
Chapter 5. Reconstructing Ecology
Chapter 6. Toward the Measurement of Ecological Integrity
PART III. The Sustainability and Integrity of Natural Resource Systems
Chapter 7. Environmental Sustainability and Integrity in the Agriculture Sector
Chapter 8. Patch Disturbance, Ecofootprints, and Biological Integrity: Revisiting the Limits to Growth (or Why Industrial Society Is Inherently Unsustainable)
Chapter 9. Can Canadian Approaches to Sustainable Forest Management Maintain Ecological Integrity?
Chapter 10. Pattern of Forest Integrity in the Eastern United States and Canada: Measuring Loss and Recovery
Chapter 11. Maintaining the Ecological Integrity of Landscapes and Ecoregions
Chapter 12. Health, Integrity, and Biological Assessment: The Importance of Measuring Whole Things
Chapter 13. Global Change, Fisheries, and the Integrity Of Marine Ecosystems: The Future Has Already Begun
PART IV. Human and Societal Health
Chapter 14. Global Environmental Change in the Coming Century: How Sustainable Are Recent Health Gains?
Chapter 15. Epidemiologic Methods for Assessing the Health Impact of Diminishing Ecological Integrity
Chapter 16. Institutionalized Environmental Violence and Human Rights
PART V. The Economics and Ethics of Achieving Global Ecological Integrity
Chapter 17. The Cost of the Wild: International Equity and the Losses from Environmental Conservation
Chapter 18. A Complex Systems Approach to Urban Ecosystem Integrity: The Benefit Side
Chapter 19. A Biocentric Defense of Environmental Integrity
Chapter 20. Commodity Potential: An Approach to Understanding the Ecological Consequences of Markets
Chapter 21. The State of the Planet at the Five-Year Review of Rio and the Prospects for Protecting Worldwide Ecological Integrity
PART VI. Synthesis
Chapter 22. Implementing Global Ecological Integrity: A Synthesis
About the Contributors