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Main Title Appropriate use of ecosystem health and normative science in ecological policy
Author Lackey, Robert T.
CORP Author National Health and Environmental Effects Research Lab., Corvallis, OR.
Publisher National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Springfield, VA : Reproduced by National Technical Information Service,
Year Published 1999
Report Number PB2000-101744; EPA/600/A-99/076
Stock Number PB2000-101744
OCLC Number 45608544
Subjects Ecosystem management ; Economic development--Environmental aspects ; Sustainable development
Additional Subjects Ecosystems ; Environmental health ; Environmental policy ; Ecology ; Natural resources management ; Natural resources conservation ; Environmental issues ; Public policy ; Policy making ; Command and control ; Normative science
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ESAD  EPA 600-A-99-076 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 06/07/2010
ESAD  EPA 0082 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 06/04/2018
NTIS  PB2000-101744 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 01/01/1988
Collation p. : ill., map ; 28 cm.
Effectively resolving complex ecological policy problems may require something beyond traditional schemes such as command and control regulation of pollutants, maximum sustainable yield, or multiple use management. Normative science (i.e., science based on implicit policy preferences) has emerged as a basis of some of the most popular alternatives and modifications to traditional environmental or natural resources management. From the suite of contesting alternatives and modifications (e.g., ecosystem management, community-based environmental protection, bioregional management, ecological sustainability, ecological integrity, precautionary principle), the author uses 'ecosystem health' as an example of an approach based on normative science. As the understanding of ecosystem health matures beyond vague explanations, it is becoming increasingly contentious, partly because it embodies implicit policy preferences. At the core of the debate is a struggle over which societal values and preferences will take precedence. Whether current notions of ecosystem health will evolve sufficiently to overcome inherent weaknesses is uncertain. In sum, normative science, personified in concepts such as ecosystem health, with its tacitly derived value and preference character, provides limited help in reconciling the most divisive elements of ecological policy.
Modified from a talk given at the International Congress on Ecosystem Health, Sacramento, California, August 15-20, 1999. Environmental policy.