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Natural ExperimentsEcosystem-Based Management and the Environment$
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Judith A. Layzer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262122986

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262122986.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Natural Experiments

Judith A. Layzer

The MIT Press

Ecosystem-based management (EBM) is an integrated environmental management approach that focuses on sustaining and protecting ecosystems and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Most of the scholars and practitioners believe that the EBM approach has many such attributes that are similar to other environmental problem-solving approaches, but it is different when it comes to recognizing the scale at which the environmental problems are addressed and the nature of government involvement. EBM is considered to be the most effective approach in terms of protecting the environment and restoring the ecological health. To examine the effectiveness of EBM, this book examines several initiatives that have been taken to conserve and restore terrestrial or aquatic landscapes in the United States.

Keywords:   ecosystem-based management, environmental management approach, natural resources, ecology, conservation, restoration

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