In 1970 Earth Day was first celebrated marking the dawn of worldwide environmental consciousness and the passing of many environmental laws. In part, these events were the result of the maturing of the science of ecology which recognized the interdependence of the web and cycles of nature. This volume explores the relationship between ecology and environmental law, beginning with a description of the two very different disciplines. This description is followed by a history of their episodic interactions: the early period of origin, the mid-century formative period from 1950 to 1970, the initial serious period of interaction after Earth Day in 1970 and the testing of the relationship during the next two decades. Utilizing a number of case studies, examinations of the key 'linkage persons', legal instruments and the migration of ecological concepts and frameworks, this book analyzes the final flowering of an ecosystem regime which embraces the connections between the two disciplines of ecology and environmental law. Concluding with an inventory of the problems posed by the relationship between the two disciplines and an agenda for future research, this clearly structured, comprehensive and stringent book is an essential resource for all serious scholars and students of ecology and environmental law.
Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award ’This important book should be required reading and study for ecologists, environmental scientists, lawyers and policy makers. Absolutely essential for law and ecology libraries.’ CHOICE ’In well-documented and in-depth chapters, the authors use both ecological theory and real-life examples to examine the current ecosystem regime� and offer suggestions for improvements.’ Vox of Dartmouth
Contents: The problem; The early history of ecology and environmental law; Before the dawn - ecology and environmental law at mid-century; The lovers' quarrel between law and ecology; The shy embrace of law and ecology; The courtship of law and ecology; The marriage: ecological planning for environmental law; Ecology and law in the 1990s - the law of place-based ecosystem regimes and management; The ecosystemic regime and biodiversity protection in the 1990s; International environmental law regimes: coming of age in the 1990s; Conclusion: lessons of history and future directions; Bibliography; Index