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Entropy

A simple way to grasp the fundamental meaning of entropy is to consider that all processes of change are irreversible. Examples include natural processes, such as the growing of a …

Multicriteria evaluation for enhanced Environmental Justice

Decision processes exclusively¬†focussing on monetary aspects¬†face increasing criticism andresistance. The public feels¬†that in this way, important¬†impacts and values are¬†neglected. Values like¬† land rights,¬† human life,¬†aesthetics,¬† cultural significance,¬†sacredness,¬† biodiversity, etc.¬† cannot¬†be adequately …

Guide to Multicriteria Evaluation for Environmental Justice Organisations

Ejolt report 8:¬†Guide to Multicriteria Evaluation for Environmental Justice Organisations The low resolution report can be downloaded here. The high resolution report can be downloaded here. Abstract This introduction to multicriteria evaluation methods for …

Environmental governance

Governance is what authorities do. It refers to the practical management of power and policy. Governance may be exercised by a government (nation state), a corporation (business entity), through customary …

Complexity

Complexity is a condition of systems composed of many interconnected parts, where the behaviour of the whole system cannot be fully understood by simply analysing the behaviour of its components. …

Keystone species

The science of Conservation Biology tries to find reasons why biodiversity should be preserved. Biodiversity is the variety of life at three levels: ecosystems, species and genes. Here we focus …

Traditional Ecological Knowledge

As defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity of 1992, Article 8 (j), Traditional Ecological Knowledge refers to the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities around the …

Lawrence Summers’ Principle

Lawrence Summers is a US economist, former President of Harvard University, and former Chief Economist of the World Bank. The ‚ÄėLawrence Summers‚Äô Principle‚Äô ‚Äď a term coined by Martinez-Alier (1994) …

DPSIR

DPSIR is a framework for describing the interactions between society and the environment developed by the European Environmental Agency (EEA). It is based on the PSR (Pressures/State/Response) model proposed by …

Post-normal science

Post-normal science (PNS) is a problem-solving framework developed by Silvio Funtowicz and Jerome Ravetz (1993) according to which a new conception of the management of complex science-related issues is proposed. …

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