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Environmental Assessments

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Environmental Assessments

Scenarios, Modelling and Policy

9781788976862 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by K.N. Ninan, Chairperson, Centre for Economics, Environment and Society, Bangalore, India, and Lead Author, Working Group III, Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), World Meteorological Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland
Publication Date: August 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78897 686 2 Extent: c 272 pp
In this authoritative book, leading international experts examine the use of scenario analyses and modelling in environmental assessments. Including chapters with a global or regional focus as well as in-depth case studies from Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South and North America, contributors analyse the latest research on the applications of scenarios and models and explore the opportunities and challenges in using them for policy relevant research and action.

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In this authoritative book, leading international experts examine the use of scenario analyses and modelling in environmental assessments, highlighting their potential uses in making evidence-based decisions to address the risks and adverse impacts of rapid environmental change such as global warming and the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

In addition to theoretical and conceptual issues, contributors analyse the latest research on the applications of scenarios and models, and discuss the opportunities and challenges in using them for policy relevant research and action. Chapters include in-depth case studies from Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South and North America as well as those with a global or regional focus, providing a comprehensive review of the available tools and frameworks for conducting environmental assessments in diverse contexts. This book offers a roadmap for strengthening the science-policy interface for environmental decision-making.

Environmental Assessments will be crucial reading for scholars, postgraduate students, practitioners and policy makers working in ecological economics and ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate change and natural resources. It will be particularly useful for those working for international and intergovernmental agencies, national governments, businesses and NGOs looking to make informed decisions about responses to environmental change.
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‘One of the less obvious benefits of international assessments is spin-off books on topics flagged in the assessments. This book picks up on several issues identified in the IPBES methodological assessment of biodiversity scenarios and models. Aside from a very useful set of chapters on methodology, it includes a number of applications to marine, freshwater, terrestrial, and urban systems. Dr Ninan is to be congratulated for bringing together such an interesting and informative collection.’
– Charles Perrings, Arizona State University, US

‘As we move deeper into the Anthropocene, the need deepens for assessments of the complex interactions between man and his environment. This book is a big step towards filling this gap. It provides interesting assessments on a row of important topics from seafoods to forestry, management of invasive species to climate and fisheries or municipal planning. The book draws extensively on good expertise from a range of important countries, including many in the developing world. Strongly recommended reading for everyone interested in ecosystems and global change.’
– Thomas Sterner, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Contents
Contents:

Foreword Anne Larigauderie

Preface

1 Introduction
K.N.Ninan

Part I. Theoretical and Conceptual Issues
2 Developing national scale integrated social-ecological scenarios for Canada’s oceans and marine fisheries
Louise S.L. Teh, William W.L. Cheung, and U. Rashid Sumaila

3 Improving estimates of the economic effects of climate change in integrated assessment models
Lydia F. Prieg and Dmitry Yumashev

4 Monitoring and projecting land use and land cover change at multiple spatial scales
Isabel M.D. Rosa

Part II. Applications and Case Studies
5 The Future Value of Ecosystem Services: Global Scenarios and National Implications
Ida Kubiszewski, Robert Costanza, Sharolyn Anderson and Paul Sutton

6 Models and Strategies for Prioritizing the Control of Invasive Exotic Weeds in Protected Areas: Theoretical and Pragmatic Challenges
Clement A. Tisdell, Bruce A. Auld and Stephen B. Johnson

7 Modelling the role of livestock intensification and deforestation in Brazil’s Nationally Determined Contribution on emissions mitigation
Rafael De Oliveira Silva, Luis Gustavo Barioni and Dominic Moran

8 Spatial Modeling and BAU Scenario Analysis of Cambodian forest
Ram Avtar, Ridhika Aggarwal and Rajesh Bahadur Thapa

9 Climate change and British Columbia’s Staple Seafood Supply and Prices
U. Rashid Sumaila and Vicky W.Y. Lam

10 Key Socioeconomic Drivers for Environmental Change in Latin America and the Caribbean since 1960: Trends, Interactions and Impacts
Ramón Pichs-Madruga

11 Ecosystem service assessment and mapping for sustainable management of wetlands in Kerala, India
Michael Sinclair, Andrea Ghermandi, Sheela A. Moses and Sabu Joseph

12 The Scenario Collaboratory: A Framework for Integrating Environmental Assessments and Scenarios into Municipal Planning
Liliana Caughman, Noel Plemmons, Fletcher Beaudoin, Michele Crim and Vivek Shandas

13 Participatory modelling in adaptive environmental management: a case study in semiarid northern Nicaragua
Federica Ravera, David Tarrasón, Klaus Hubacek, Roberto Molowny-Horas and Jan Sendzimir

Index

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