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The International Society for Ecological
Economics (ISEE) is concerned with extending and integrating the
study of management of "Nature's household" (ecology) and "humanity's
household" (economics). This integration is necessary because
conceptual and professional isolation have led to economic and
environmental policies that are mutually destructive rather than
reinforcing in the long term.
...IN THE END, A HEALTHY ECONOMY CAN ONLY
EXIST IN SYMBIOSIS WITH A HEALTHY ECOLOGICAL SYSTEM....
What Is Ecological
An increasing awareness that our global
ecological life-support system is endangered is forcing us to realize
that decisions made on the basis of local, narrow, short-term
criteria can produce disastrous results globally and in the long run.
There is also a growing acknowledgement that traditional economic and
ecological models and concepts fall short in their ability to deal
with global ecological problems.
Ecological Economics is a transdisciplinary
field of study that addresses the relationship between ecosystems and
economic systems in the broadest sense.
Ecological Economics goes beyond the normal
conceptions of scientific disciplines and attempts to integrate and
synthesize many different disciplinary perspectives in order to
achieve an ecologically and economically sustainable world.
Innovative research aimed at articulating
the mechanisms by which human populations can strike a dynamic
balance between economic development and the ecological constraints
they face constitutes the foundation on which the future will be
built. Critically important research is needed to facilitate the
transition to sustainable global production systems. To be effective,
this research must be integrated into environmental and economic
policy at the local, regional, and international level. Primary
topics of ecological economics research include:
- Sustainability: What do we mean by - and
how do we quantify - health and sustainability in ecological and
economic systems? How do we maintain a sustainable life-support
system? What are the relationships between ecological, economic,
and cultural sustainability?
- Natural Resource Valuation: What are the
most sensible ways of assigning value to natural resources and
natural capital? What is the role and value of biodiversity?
- System Accounting: Conventional measures
of economic performance do not factor resource depletion or
environmental degradation into economic trends, thus presenting an
incomplete and skewed picture of economic welfare. How can we
create better accounting systems that integrate resource depletion
and ecological impacts into national and international economic
- Ecological and Economic Modeling:
Preserving and protecting threatened ecosystems requires an
understanding of the direct and indirect effects of human
activities on large geographical areas over time. How can we
create an integrated, multiscale, pluralistic approach to
quantitative ecological economic modeling while developing new
ways to effectively deal with the inherent uncertainty involved in
modeling complex systems?
- Institutions for Sustainable Governance:
What regulatory and/or incentive-based instruments are most
appropriate for assuring sustainability? How can governmental and
other institutions be modified to better account for and respond
to the environmental impacts of economic development?
- Education: How can we encourage
transdisciplinary education at all levels in order to pursue the
ISEE is a not-for-profit organization
established in 1988 and now has more than 1700 members in over 60
countries. ISEE actively encourages the integration of the study of
"nature's household" (ecology) and "humanity's household" (economics)
- providing information through its
membership journal, Ecological Economics, published monthly
- by Elsevier Science Publishers, and the
Ecological Economics Bulletin. encouraging the exchange of ideas
in this new field through major international conferences held
- biennially, as well as smaller national
and regional meetings on topics of interest to members. Supporting
research and training programs in ecological economics.
"The Ecological Economics of
Sustainability: Making Local & Short-Term Goals consistent with
Global & Long-Term Goals" held in
Washington, D.C. from May 21 - 23. 1990. "Investing in Natural
Capital: A Prerequisite to Sustainability" held in Stockholm, Sweden
from August 3 - 6, 1992.
"The Role of Information Sciences in
Regional Development" sponsored by the Russian Chapter of ISEE, held
in Moscow in July, 1993.
"Down to Earth: Practical Applications of
Ecological Economics" held in San Jose, Costa Rica, October 24 - 28,
"Redefining Resource Management and
Environmental Policy Through Ecological Economics" the inaugural
meeting of ISEE's Australian/New Zealand chapter, held of Coff's
Harbor, NSW, November 19 - 23, 1995.
"Ecology, Society, Economy. In Pursuit of
Sustainable Development" inaugural meeting of ISEE's European
chapter, held in Paris, France May 23 - 25, 1996. "Designing
Sustainability. Building Partnerships Among Society, Business, and
the Environment" held at Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, August 4
- 7, 1996.
Ecological Economics, The
Journal of the International Society for Ecological Economics,
published by Elsevier Science Publishers. * The Ecological Economics
Bulletin, published quarterly.
The ISEE Membership Directory, published
Ecological Economics: The
Science and Management of Sustainability, edited by Robert
Costanza, published by Columbia University
Press in 1991. Ecosystem Health: New Goals for Environmental
Management, edited by Robert Costanza,
Bryan Norton and Benjamin Haskell, published
by Island Press in 1992. Investing in Natural Capital: The Ecological
Economics Approach to Sustainability, edited by
AnnMari Jansson, Carl Folke, Monica Hammer,
and Robert Costanza, published by Island Press in 1994.
Toward Sustainable Development. Concepts,
Methods, and Policy, edited by Jeroen C.J.M. van
den Bergh and Jan van der Straaten,
published by Island Press in 1994. Natural Capital and Human Economic
Survival, by Thomas Prugh, published by ISEE Press in 1995.
Introduction to Ecological Economics, by
Robert Costanza, John Cumberland, Herman Daly, Robert Goodland, and
Richard Norgaard, forthcoming.
An Introduction to Ecological
Economics with Herman Daly, John Cobb and Gaylord Nelson.
Investing in Natural Capital with Herman
Daly, Robert Costanza, Charles Perrings, Karl-Goran Maler, William
Rees, Paul Ekins, Cutler Cleveland, Honathan Harris, AnnMari Jansson,
and Paul Ehrlich.
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