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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (August 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597268011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597268011
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Since publication of the neat little classic Resilience Thinking in 2006, the core ideas of resilience have escaped most deliciously to seed thinking everywhere about moving beyond the linear paradigms that so often drive system breakdowns and crises. With Resilience Practice, Walker and Salt passionately extend their practical wisdom while ensuring that the rigorous tools people need to deploy resilience theory are not lost to colloquial useage."
(Ken Wilson Executive Director, The Christensen Fund 2012-06-26)

"Resilience is an important concept for managing Earth's life support systems. Yet practitioners complain that 'everyone talks about resilience, but no one knows how to manage it.' Walker and Salt provide a practical guide written in clear, simple language, with a rich endowment of examples. This is the most important book of the year for environmental managers and scientists."
(Stephen R. Carpenter Director and Professor, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2012-06-26)

"This was the answer I was looking for... This book is heavy on procedure and questions, both of which can be helpful to planners and managers for whom resilience planning is new territory."
(Natural Areas Journal)

"Resilience Practice emerges as a readable, friendly guide to planetary preservation, intended to foster hope and corrective action in order to improve future prospects for a human-friendly Earth."

(BioScience)

"...a classical handbook inresilience practice. You need considerable time to reflect
on many of the issues addressed, but in this sense the book will have a long and active life on the bookshelf—the best sign of a useful handbook."
(Ecological Restoration 2014-06-01)


"Brian Walker and David Salt have written a thoughtful and powerful book to help resource users and managers put resilience thinking into practice and aim toward increasing the sustainability of our world. I urge public officials, scholars, and students in public policy programs to place this volume on their list of must-read books. It is a powerful antidote to the overly simplified proposals too often offered as solutions to contemporary problems at multiple scales."
(Elinor Ostrom Senior Research Director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis 2012-06-26)

About the Author

Brian Walker is a Research Fellow in Australia’s CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Visiting Researcher in the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and Chair of the Resilience Alliance. David Salt is a science and environment writer at the Australian National University, and has more than two decades experience writing and producing popular science magazines and books. Both authors live in Canberra, Australia.

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Case studies brought life to concepts. Great companion to Resilience Thinking. Applications of concepts not sugarcoated or doomday but realistic.
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This is another in a series of presentations about how to build resiliency in both landscapes and economies. While much of the early writing was difficult an an introduction, this is a followup to an earlier book by this author and David Salt. The question is great given population growth and environmental degradation, "how can landscapes and communities absorb disturbance and maintain function?" In a sense, this should be a five star book because the terrain is so difficult and the current thinking still in flux that a more complete or elaborate presentation isn't possible at the moment. Nonetheless, this is a very useful contribution and can be understood by most interested parties. Thanks Brian for this new contribution.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rh on April 13, 2013
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I'm part way into reading this book as part of a graduate school course requirement. The book is well written and interesting. It meets my expectation.
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