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Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3534-3551; doi:10.3390/su6063534

A Multi-Scalar Examination of Law for Sustainable Ecosystems

National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 26 W. Martin Luther King Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45268, USA
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Received: 27 March 2014 / Revised: 15 May 2014 / Accepted: 15 May 2014 / Published: 30 May 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Law for Sustainability)
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The loss of resilience in social-ecological systems has the capacity to decrease essential ecosystem services, posing threats to human survival. To achieve sustainability, we must not only understand the ecological dynamics of a system, such as coral reefs, but must also promulgate regulations that promote beneficial behavior to address ecological stressors throughout the system. Furthermore, laws should reflect that systems operate at multiple spatial and temporal scales, thus requiring management across traditional legal jurisdictions. In this paper, we conducted a multi-scalar examination of law for sustainable ecosystems and how law pertains to coral reef ecosystems in particular. Findings indicate that, in order to achieve sustainability, we must develop new or reform existing legal mechanisms to protect ecosystems. View Full-Text
Keywords: resilience; environmental law; coral reef ecosystems; sustainability resilience; environmental law; coral reef ecosystems; sustainability
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Green, O.O.; Garmestani, A.S.; Hopton, M.E.; Heberling, M.T. A Multi-Scalar Examination of Law for Sustainable Ecosystems. Sustainability 2014, 6, 3534-3551.

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