Choosing the optimal management option requires environmental risk managers and decision makers to evaluate diverse, and not always congruent, needs and interests of multiple stakeholders. Understanding the trade-offs of different options as well as their legal, economic, scientific, and technological implications is critical to performing accurate assessments and making sound decisions.
Valuation of Ecological Resources: Integration of Ecology and Socioeconomics in Environmental Decision Making examines various alternatives for determining the “value” of complex ecological resources. The book discusses how ecology, sociology, and economics influence environmental management decisions. The book further explores the scientific underpinnings of ecological valuation and the roles of regulatory and legislative bodies in the decision-making process. A series of case studies demonstrates the utility of various information sets, tools, and analytical frameworks.
Summarizes the conclusions reached by the Ecological Risk Assessment Advisory Group during special workshops conducted by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)
Written by leading experts from industry, academia, and environmental regulatory agencies, this new text is an excellent resource for self-study as well as for courses in industrial ecology, environmental management, ecological risk assessment, environmental policy, and strategies for sustainability and corporate responsibility.
Table of Contents
Approaching the Problem of Ecological Valuation; R. Stahl, Jr., L. Kapustka, R.J.F. Bruins, and W.R. Munns, Jr.
Socio-Cultural Valuation of Ecological Resources; J. Glicken Turnley, M.D. Kaplowitz, O.L. Loucks, B.L. McGee, and T. Dietz
Integrating Economics and Ecological Assessment; R.C. Bishop, J. Lipton, M. Margolis, N. Meade, G.L. Peterson, and A. Randall
Valuation Methods; W.L. Adamowicz, D. Chapman, G. Mancini, W.R. Munns, Jr., A. Stirling, and T. Tomasi
Complexity in Ecological Systems; K. von Stackelberg, S.N. Luoma, R. McCormick, D. Skrabis, E. Dorward-King, and S. Polasky
Organizing and Integrating the Valuation Process; B. Heninger, G. Biddinger, C. Joy, C.L. Kling, D. Reagan, and T.S. Schmidt
Synthesis, Recommendations, and Conclusions; R.J.F. Bruins, W.R. Munns, Jr., L. Kapustka, and R.G. Stahl, Jr.
National Park Establishment, Philippines; D. Reagan
Large PCB-Contaminated River under Superfund: Interface Between Remediation and Restoration; K. von Stackleberg
Extractive Development and the Valuation of Biodiversity and Community Needs in Madagascar; E. Dorward-King
1991 Gulf War Oil Spill: Long-term Impacts on Shoreline Habitats; J. Michel
Example of Valuing the Ecological Benefits from the Clean Air Act and 1990 Amendments; B.T. Heninger
The CALFED Bay-Delta Program: A Case Study in Intertwined Ecological and Environmental Resource Issues; S.N. Luoma