Ecosystem Classification for Environmental Management

  • Frans Klijn

Part of the Ecology & Environment book series (ECOLEN, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Theory

    1. Helias A. Udo de Haes, Frans Klijn
      Pages 1-21
    2. Isaac S. Zonneveld
      Pages 23-47
  3. Approaches to Classification

  4. Applications

    1. Joris B. Latour, Rudo Reiling, Jaap Wiertz
      Pages 183-198
    2. Frans A. M. Claessen, Frans Klijn, J. Flip P. M. Witte, J. Gerard Nienhuis
      Pages 199-222
    3. Geert de Blust, Desiré Paelinckx, Eckhart Kuijken
      Pages 223-249
    4. Jesper Brandt, Esbern Holmes, Dorthe Larsen
      Pages 251-274
    5. Kees C. L. G. Groen, Ruud van der Meijden, Han J. Runhaar
      Pages 275-290
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 291-310

About this book


When Lovelock published his 'Gaia', it was for many people quite a relief. We would not be able to destroy life on earth. Lovelock illustrated this argument with a wealth of mechanistic feedback processes, as we know them to occur in ecosystems. These feedback processes would, somehow, lead the earth as a whole into a new equilibrium. An equilibrium with life within, be it in an entirely changed environment. This is, indeed, let us be earnest: a functioning ecosystem. But what kind of ecosystem? The Gaia-hypothesis triggered a great deal of thought and discussion about what we actually require as an environment. Bio­ diversity as an abbreviation of biotic diversity has since become the focal point of societal concern. But again, when we think about it, we are not only interested in the sheer number of species on earth. We also have ')ther interests: nearby, in our backyards, in the surrounding countryside, and on the various locations where we would like to spend our holidays. We also want to preserve rare or characteristic species just for their own sake. In fact, we want species in viable populations to be part of communities that are self-maintaining in environments where they belong. We know we cannot ask for this without protecting their environment, which is also our environment. This is where the next fashionable term emerges: sustainability.


Conservation Environmental Management Nature Conservation biodiversity classification ecology ecosystem vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Frans Klijn
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre of Environmental ScienceLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4420-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1384-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0929-0281
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