EPA Science Inventory

A Multi-Scalar Examination of Law for Sustainable Ecosystems

Citation:

Odum Green, O., A. Garmestani, M. Hopton, AND M. Heberling. A Multi-Scalar Examination of Law for Sustainable Ecosystems. Sustainability. MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland, 6(6):3534-3551, (2014).

Description:

The loss of resilience in social-ecological systems has the capacity to decrease essential ecosystem services, posing threats to human survival. To achieve sustainability, we must not only understand the ecological dynamics of a system, such as coral reefs, but must also promulgate regulations that promote beneficial behavior to address ecological stressors throughout the system. Furthermore, laws should reflect that systems operate at multiple spatial and temporal scales, thus requiring management across traditional legal jurisdictions. In this paper, we conducted a multi-scalar examination of law for sustainable ecosystems and how law pertains to coral reef ecosystems in particular. Findings indicate that, in order to achieve sustainability, we must develop new or reform existing legal mechanisms to protect ecosystems.

Purpose/Objective:

We suggest several mechanisms for dealing with the apparent intractability of economics, ecology, and the law as it pertains to coral reef ecosystems in particular.

URLs/Downloads:

http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su6063534   Exit

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 05/30/2014
Completion Date: 05/30/2014
Record Last Revised: 08/26/2014
Record Created: 08/01/2014
Record Released: 08/01/2014
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 282759

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTS BRANCH