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Restorative Redevelopment of Devastated Ecocultural Landscapes

1st Edition

By Robert L. France

CRC Press

528 pages | 208 B/W Illus.

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A fusion of ecological restoration and sustainable development, restorative redevelopment represents an emerging paradigm for remediating landscapes. Rather than merely fixing the broken bits and pieces of nature, restorative development advocates the reuse of devastated landscapes to improve the value and livability of a location for humans at the same time as effectively reinstating natural processes and functions. Restorative Redevelopment of Devastated Ecocultural Landscapes explores the use of this approach to address the long-term, sustainable reparation of the fabled marshlands of southern Iraq destroyed by Saddam Hussein, as well as numerous examples of other ecologically sensitive regions.

Case studies presented include:

  • Southern marshlands Iraq
  • Hula swamp, Israel
  • Azraq Oasis, Jordan
  • Las Vegas Wash, USA
  • Xochimilco, Mexico
  • Pantanal, Brazil
  • Clark County Wetlands Park, USA
  • Tonle Sap, Cambodia
  • Lake Titicaca, Peru
  • Nature Reserves, Jordan

The book reviews successfully-implemented and celebrated case studies from more than 15 countries around the world which, either in whole or in part, can offer valuable insight into the restorative development of the Iraqi marshlands as well as other devastated ecocultural landscapes. It presents practical approaches for sustaining the process of restoration efforts, both during and after the reparation work has been accomplished. The editor suggests solutions targeted for Iraq but that also have resonance in other regions devastated by conflict and natural disasters. He takes a synoptic or cross-system approach to problem solving when repairing large-scale landscapes that have been devastated by conflict or natural disasters such as tsunami-damaged Indonesia and earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Table of Contents


Environmental Restoration Theory and Practice

Restoration: Philosophical and Political Contexts, E.V. Spelman

Restoration, Ecological Citizenry, and Ziggurat Building in Iraq, R. France

Restoring Babylon: Leaving a Better Iraq for This Century of Revitalization, S. Cunningham

Environmental Planning Theory and Practice

Before the Master Plan: A Framework and Some Difficult Questions for Regional Land Use Planning, C. Steinitz

Control Models of Tourism Development and Conservation Management with Respect to Indigenous Culture, S.-Y. Lu

Desert Wetland Restorations

Wetlands Lost and Found in the Levant, R. France

Rehabilitation of a Historic Wetland: Jordan’s Azraq Oasis, R. France

Integrated Restoration and Adaptive Management of the Las Vegas Wash, R. France



Hydrology and Wetland Restoration for Human Subsistence and Regional Biodiversity: The Challenge to Restore the Living Landscape of Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshes of Iraq, S.I. Apfelbaum and J.P. Ludwig

Rebuilding Wetlands and Waterfowl Resources in North and South America: Importance of Capacity Building and Landscape Perspective, R. France


Preservation, Rehabilitation, and Management of Heritage Wetlands in Mexico, R. France

Involving People in Science and Sustainability in the Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil, R. France

Planning and Development of a Desert Wetland Park in the United States, R. France

Living over Water: Introduction to Ecotourism Development Concerns for the Tonle Sap, Cambodia, and Lake Titicaca, Peru, R. France and E. Syariffudin

Ecology and Economics

Ecotourism, Local Economy, and Ecological Strategies in Planning Nature Reserves in Panama, R. France

Sustainable Development and Nature Conservation in Jordan, R. France


Transportation Planning and Design

Transportation Corridors as Vehicles for Cultural and Ecological Regeneration, I. Jones, R. Senos, I. Luters and R. France

Alternative Wasterwater Treatment, Reuse, and Infrstructure

Linking Water Treatment with Wetland Restoration: Engineering Challenges and Associated Benefits, R. France

Advanced Ecotechnology for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment and Reuse, D. Austin

Infrastructure Models for Ecological Wastewater Management, S. Wallace

Agriculture and Water Management

Salinity Management in Arid Regions: Lessons for Iraq from the Western United States, R. France

Managing Scarce Water Resources in Agriculture in West Asia and North Africa, T.Y. Oweis and A.Y. Hachum

Epilogue: Cambodia’s Institutional Frameworks for Ecocultural Restorative Redevelopment: Introduction to Optimistic Management Models Useful for Iraq, R. France


About the Author

Robert France is Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he began teaching in the Fall of 1997. France has authored numerous papers on the ecology and conservation biology of organism from bacteria and algae to birds and whales, on research topics from environmental pollution to theoretical biodiversity, and in locations ranging from the High Arctic to the tropics. France is a recently appointed series editor for Lewis/CRC Press on the topic Integrative Studies in Water Management and Land Development.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General