Ecological Integrity and the Management of Ecosystems: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Ecological Integrity and the Management of Ecosystems

1st Edition

By Steven Woodley, James Kay

CRC Press

232 pages

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Hardback: 9780963403018
pub: 1993-06-01
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Today, efforts are being made to rehabilitate badly degraded ecosystems and protect areas which have important ecological value, such as national parks, critical fish and wildlife habitats, natural communities and endangered species.

Since human values are an integral part of the decisions to protect or rehabilitate-the goals and objectives for such actions are often unclear. Concepts of "health," "integrity" and "diversity" express important values associated with management actions but they do not provide clear guidelines for these actions.

The criteria developed and applied in this book provide guidelines and serve as a road map to anyone involved in ecosystem management-scientists, land managers and policy makers.


"This is a wonderful book for those who want an understanding of the complexities and the issues involved in understanding ecosystem integrity and ecological monitoring. I highly recommend that you read this book…"

-Estuaries, William L Halvorson, University of Arizona

Table of Contents


The Notion of Natural and Cultural Integrity, Henry A. Reiger

Considerations of Scale and Hierarchy, Anthony W. King

Applying Notions of Ecological Integrity, Robert Steedman and Wolfgang Haider

Choosing Indicators of Ecosystem Integrity: Wetlands as a Model System, Paul A. Keddy, Harold T. Lee and Irene C. Wisheu


Measuring Biological Integrity: Lessons from Streams, James R. Karr

Monitoring for Ecosystem Integrity, R.E. Munn

National and Regional Scale Measures of Canada's Ecosystem Health, I.B. Marshall, H. Hirvonen and E. Wiken

National Environmental Monitoring: A Case Study of the Atlantic Maritime Region, N.L. Shackell and B. Freedman

Monitoring and Measuring Ecosystem Integrity in Canadian National Parks, Stephen Woodley

An Approach to the Development of Biological Sediment Guidelines, Trevor B. Reynoldson and Michael A. Zarull

On the Nature of Ecological Integrity: Some Closing Comments, James J. Kay


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General