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Greening in the Red Zone

Disaster, Resilience and Community Greening

  • Keith G. Tidball
  • Marianne E Krasny

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Keith G. Tidball, Marianne E. Krasny
      Pages 3-24
    3. Keith G. Tidball, Marianne E. Krasny
      Pages 25-43
  3. Motives and Explanation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Suzanne Thompson
      Pages 125-128
    3. Richard C. Stedman, Micah Ingalls
      Pages 129-144
    4. Stephan Barthel, John Parker, Carl Folke, Johan Colding
      Pages 145-158
    5. Marianne E. Krasny, Katherine Hess Pace, Keith G. Tidball, Kenneth Helphand
      Pages 163-180
    6. Anna Grichting, Kwi Gon Kim
      Pages 197-201

About this book


Creation and access to green spaces promotes individual human health, especially in therapeutic contexts among those suffering traumatic events. But what of the role of access to green space and the act of creating and caring for such places in promoting social health and well-being? Greening in the Red Zone asserts that creation and access to green spaces confers resilience and recovery in systems disrupted by violent conflict or disaster. This edited volume provides evidence for this assertion through cases and examples. The contributors to this volume use a variety of research and policy frameworks to explore how creation and access to green spaces in extreme situations might contribute to resistance, recovery, and resilience of social-ecological systems.

This book takes important steps in advancing understanding of what makes communi­ties bounce back from disaster or violent conflict. The authors’ findings that creating and caring for green space contributes positively to recovery and resilience add to the toolkit of those working in disaster and conflict zones. W. C. Banks, Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University

Greening in the Red Zone is a highly relevant book. At a time when society is more separated than ever from the natural world, it offers additional reasons why our ongoing experience of nature is essential for the human body, mind and spirit. This book is both instructive and inspiring. S. R. Kellert, Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus, Senior Research Scholar, Yale University

This is a fascinating book that greatly elevates our understanding of how the perspective of humans as an integrated part of nature may contribute to the resilience discourse. I warmly recommend this book to anyone interested in how we may prepare ourselves for an increasingly uncertain future. T. Elmqvist, Department of Systems Ecology and Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Greening in the Red Zone is an important contribution to science and security policy and practice. This edited volume provides unique and novel approaches from a participatory, transparent, ecosystem-based perspective that puts those affected by disasters and conflict into positions of empowerment rather than weakness and dependency. This book is an interesting and timely contribution. C. Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists


Community-based natural resource management Greening Post-conflict Post-disaster Resilience

Editors and affiliations

  • Keith G. Tidball
    • 1
  • Marianne E Krasny
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of Natural ResourcesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2., Department of Natural ResourcesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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