© 1995

Perspectives on Ecological Integrity

  • Laura Westra
  • John Lemons

Part of the Environmental Science and Technology Library book series (ENST, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction to Perspectives on Ecological Integrity

    1. John Lemons, Laura Westra
      Pages 1-11
  3. Conceptual Dimensions of Integrity

  4. Integrity: Science, Ethics, and Policy

    1. Kristin Shrader-Frechette
      Pages 125-145
    2. S. O. Funtowicz, Jerome R. Ravetz
      Pages 146-161
    3. Mark Sagoff
      Pages 162-176
  5. Case Studies and Practical Consequences of Applying Integrity

    1. John Lemons
      Pages 177-201
    2. Joel E. Reichart, Patricia H. Werhane
      Pages 254-264
    3. James D. Nations, Ray Cesca, J. Angus Martin, Thomas E. Lacher Jr.
      Pages 265-275
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 276-281

About this book


Concepts of ecological integrity have recently been proposed to facilitate enhanced protection of biological and ecological resources against the threat of human activities. The promotion of ecological integrity as a basis for public policy and decision making stems from scientists and others concerned about the threats of human activities to ecosystems and species, and from philosophers attempting to derive a more suitable ethic to guide the relationships between humans and the non-human environment. Although ecological integrity has been proposed as a norm for public policy and decision making, the concept is relatively new and therefore the underlying scientific and philosophical rationales have not been fully developed. This book offers a number of perspectives to stimulate and inform future discussion on the importance and consequences of ecological integrity for science, morality and public policy.
Audience: Environmental professionals, whether academic, governmental or industrial, or working in the private consultancy sector. Also suitable as an upper-level reference text.


biodiversity development ecosystem ethics morality sustainability sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Laura Westra
    • 1
  • John Lemons
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada
  2. 2.Department of Life SciencesUniversity of New EnglandBiddefordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Perspectives on Ecological Integrity
  • Editors L. Westra
    J. Lemons
  • Series Title Environmental Science and Technology Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-3734-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-4202-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-0451-7
  • Series ISSN 1382-3124
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 279
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Nature Conservation
    Environmental Management
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


`Appropriately assuming that environmental policy is both a matter of science and ethics, this book compellingly argues that ecosystem integrity should be the goal of environmental policy.'
Donald A. Brown, Director Bureau of Hazardous Sites and Superfund Enforcement, Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Resources, Harrisburg
`Westra and Lemons have done an admirable job fleshing out the debate on the role of ecological integrity in environmental decisionmaking.'
Margaret Mellon, Director Biotechnology and Agricultural Program, Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, D.C.