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Sustainability 2010, 2(9), 3110-3128; doi:10.3390/su2093110
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Designing a Sustainable Future through Creation of North America’s only International Wildlife Refuge

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Received: 23 July 2010; in revised form: 9 September 2010 / Accepted: 13 September 2010 / Published: 21 September 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Futures)
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Abstract: In 2001, the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge was established based on the principles of conservation and sustainability. The refuge has grown from 49.1 ha in 2001 to over 2,300 ha in 2010. Agreement on a compelling vision for a sustainable future was necessary to rally stakeholders and move them forward together. Project examples include: lake sturgeon and common tern restoration; soft shoreline engineering; ecotourism; sustainable redevelopment of a brownfield; and indicator reporting. Key success factors include: a consensus long-term vision; a multi-stakeholder process that achieves cooperative learning; strong coupling of monitoring/research programs with management; implementing actions consistent with adaptive management; measuring and celebrating successes; quantifying benefits; building capacity; and developing the next generation of sustainability practitioners and entrepreneurs.
Keywords: sustainable development; adaptive management; international wildlife refuge sustainable development; adaptive management; international wildlife refuge
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Hartig, J.H.; Robinson, R.S.; Zarull, M.A. Designing a Sustainable Future through Creation of North America’s only International Wildlife Refuge. Sustainability 2010, 2, 3110-3128.

AMA Style

Hartig JH, Robinson RS, Zarull MA. Designing a Sustainable Future through Creation of North America’s only International Wildlife Refuge. Sustainability. 2010; 2(9):3110-3128.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Hartig, John H.; Robinson, Rebecca S.; Zarull, Michael A. 2010. "Designing a Sustainable Future through Creation of North America’s only International Wildlife Refuge." Sustainability 2, no. 9: 3110-3128.


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