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Societal Dimensions of Environmental Science
Global Case Studies of Collaboration and Transformation

Edited By

Ricardo D. Lopez

ISBN 9780367670559
Published December 18, 2020 by CRC Press
250 Pages

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Book Description

Societal Dimensions of Environmental Science: Global Case Studies of Collaboration and Transformation, brings together several key examples of the successes and the challenges that exist for environmental stakeholders trying to strike a balance between science and the societal implications of the issues involved. This book provides important methods and approaches necessary for informed decision making and a better understanding of the common threads of learning, collaboration, negotiation, and compromise. It also explains that concepts and skills needed to better understand how specific project goals can be best achieved in the rapidly changing field of environmental management, by providing practical situations and solutions, across a global landscape.

This book provides anyone who works in a community setting with the necessary tools and strategies for solving environmental problems and achieving the goals of an environmental project of any type and specifically addresses the topic of how to synthesize community engagement and the environmental science. It describes current environmental issues and lessons learned of what works and what doesn’t work in real situations, and why. It also highlights key examples, which can be used by both management practitioners and research scientists in their specific circumstances.

Showcasing a unique compilation of the diverse and specific examples from societies in Asia, Oceania, North America, and the Middle East, with an equally diverse array of authorship, this book serves all policy makers, scientists, organizers, and community members that desire to build better group dynamics for addressing environmental issues.

Table of Contents

1. The Journey to Integrating Societal Needs and the Environmental Sciences 2. Environmental Decision-Making within a Recovering War Zone: The Republic of Iraq 3. Water Quality as a Collaborative Force in the Ozark Plateau, Missouri and Arkansas: The Long-Term Dimensions of Action through Common Interest 4. Integrating Traditional Knowledge and Geospatial Science to Address Food Security and Sustaining Biodiversity in Yap Islands, Micronesia 5. Halal Food Security: Forensic and Laboratory Management 6. Achieving Meaningful Stakeholder Dialogs in the American Midwest: Stakeholder Perceptions and Interactions Using Enhanced Place-Based Appreciative Methods 7. Community-Based Management of Mangrove Forests in Southeast Asia 8. Common Themes and Lessons from Our Global Stories of Collaboration and Transformation


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Ricardo “Ric” Lopez has led the way in the field of Applied Ecology and the Environmental Sciences for the past 25 years. During his tenure in academia and public service, Ric has been a leader on diverse applications of field-based geospatial science and analyses, working closely with a multitude of partners, collaborators, and decision makers, from the tropics to temperate regions, bringing his expertise to bear on specific local, regional, and global environmental issues. This body of collaborative work includes numerous applications to the needs of society, by providing needed assessments of (1) terrestrial, aquatic, and wetland ecosystems; invasive plant species; (2) multi-scale indicators of sustainability; and (3) solutions to risk-based landscape ecology challenges. A native of California, Lopez spent much of his life in a variety of other geographies, working in and writing about varied and complex landscapes, and working with research and community leaders to find new ways of solving the current and future socio-ecological problems that face humanity. Dr. Lopez earned a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution at the University of California, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. He is currently the Director of The US Forest Service’s Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry in Hilo, Hawai‘i, which provides scientific and technical information needed to restore, conserve, and sustain tropical forests and wetlands of the Pacific through an integration of research, education, and application.