Ecosystems are often examined from an ecological perspective because of the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Ecosystems of different types and scales are under increasing pressure due to natural and human induced changes. Climate change and the disasters it causes, are a major driver affecting ecosystems and services. Several studies have provided evidence that a healthy ecosystem helps in reducing the impacts of climate change and disasters. This book makes a case for ecosystem-based adaptation by arguing that ecosystems and its services are critical in the climate change and disaster risk reduction fields. Consequently, the monitoring and regulation of ecosystems need to be linked to a regular governance and institutional mechanism and be reflected in a more action-oriented agenda.
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Noralene Uy - Kyoto University, Japan
Rajib Shaw - Kyoto University, Japan
A number of studies have shown that a healthy ecosystem helps reduce the affects of climate change and disasters. The authors here advocate for ecosystem-based adaptation because the ecosystems and their services are essential in climate change and disaster risk reduction fields, and that for those reasons its monitoring and regulation need to be connected to a governance and institutional program or service and pursued actively. Some specific topics include: an overview of ecosystem-based adaptation, cooperative management of ecosystems, the watershed approach to ecosystem management, valuing ecosystem services, and more. Several real-world examples are included. Distributed in North America by Turpin Distribution. --Book News Inc. Portland, OR
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