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All over the world, efforts are being made to preserve landscapes facing fundamental change as a consequence of widespread agricultural intensification, land abandonment and urbanisation. The 'cultural landscape' and 'resilience' approaches have, until now, largely been viewed as distinct methods for understanding the effects of these dynamics and the ways in which they mi All over the world, efforts are being made to preserve landscapes facing fundamental change as a consequence of widespread agricultural intensification, land abandonment and urbanisation. The 'cultural landscape' and 'resilience' approaches have, until now, largely been viewed as distinct methods for understanding the effects of these dynamics and the ways in which they might be adapted or managed. This book brings together these two perspectives, providing new insights into the social-ecological resilience of cultural landscapes by coming to terms with, and challenging, the concepts of 'driving forces', 'thresholds', 'adaptive cycles' and 'adaptive management'. By linking these research communities, this book develops a new perspective on landscape changes. Based on firm conceptual contributions and rich case studies from Europe, the Americas and Australia, it will appeal to anyone interested in analysing and managing change in human-shaped environments in the context of sustainability.


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All over the world, efforts are being made to preserve landscapes facing fundamental change as a consequence of widespread agricultural intensification, land abandonment and urbanisation. The 'cultural landscape' and 'resilience' approaches have, until now, largely been viewed as distinct methods for understanding the effects of these dynamics and the ways in which they mi All over the world, efforts are being made to preserve landscapes facing fundamental change as a consequence of widespread agricultural intensification, land abandonment and urbanisation. The 'cultural landscape' and 'resilience' approaches have, until now, largely been viewed as distinct methods for understanding the effects of these dynamics and the ways in which they might be adapted or managed. This book brings together these two perspectives, providing new insights into the social-ecological resilience of cultural landscapes by coming to terms with, and challenging, the concepts of 'driving forces', 'thresholds', 'adaptive cycles' and 'adaptive management'. By linking these research communities, this book develops a new perspective on landscape changes. Based on firm conceptual contributions and rich case studies from Europe, the Americas and Australia, it will appeal to anyone interested in analysing and managing change in human-shaped environments in the context of sustainability.

2 review for Resilience and the Cultural Landscape: Understanding and Managing Change in Human-Shaped Environments

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Clement

    Most of the time ideas about cultural lands are separated from those on resilience. This book is the only that I know of that brings the two together. I am not an expert in the topic of cultural landscapes, and though I know a fair bit about resilience thinking, I still think this is a really accessible volume with a diversity of thought. It also fits together well and makes sense as a book, which is not always the case with edited volumes. If you are interested in the connections between cultur Most of the time ideas about cultural lands are separated from those on resilience. This book is the only that I know of that brings the two together. I am not an expert in the topic of cultural landscapes, and though I know a fair bit about resilience thinking, I still think this is a really accessible volume with a diversity of thought. It also fits together well and makes sense as a book, which is not always the case with edited volumes. If you are interested in the connections between cultural stewardship and landscape health, then this is a great book to read. It is quite different to what has been written on biocultural conservation, so if you are up to speed on that, this will still offer value.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Walker

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