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Conceptual Frameworks To Balance Ecosystem And Security Goals

  • S. E. Apitz
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)

Emerging European legislation is changing the scope of water management from the local scale to basin scale. The focus is shifting from sectoral, issue-by-issue management to the protection of aquatic ecosystems, as well as the terrestrial ecosystems and wetlands linked to them. There has also been a movement from addressing problems in isolation on land, in freshwaters, in estuaries or the coastal zone, to integrating these zones, and extending the ecosystem approach to whole shelf areas. Ecosystem protection will thus affect how many human activities are regulated and managed in coastal and port areas, but legislation is also designed to balance these ecosystem objectives with socioeconomic needs and goals. Sustainable protection of ecosystems requires an expansion of traditional ecological risk assessment methods, in order to address multiple risk drivers on multiple spatial and temporal scales.

Keywords

Systemic Risk Ecosystem Health Environmental Security Risk Characterization Sediment Management 
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© Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. E. Apitz
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  1. 1.SEA Environmental Decisions, Ltd.Little HadhamUK

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