Foreword. Introduction. Part A: Mediterranean issues. 1. Mediterranean ecosystems and vegetation types in California and Israel; Z. Naveh.- 2. Structural and floristic diversity of shrublands and woodlands in northern Israel and other Mediterranean areas; Z. Naveh, R.H. Whittaker.- 3. Fire in the Mediterranean - a landscape ecological perspective; Z. Naveh.- 4. From biodiversity to ecodiversity: a landscape-ecology approach to conservation and restoration; Z. Naveh.- 5. Conservation, restoration, and research priorities for Mediterranean uplands, threatened by global climate change; Z. Naveh.- 6. From biodiversity to ecodiversity - holistic conservation of the biological and cultural diversity of Mediterranean landscapes; Z. Naveh.- 7. The role of fire in the evolution of the Mediterranean cultural landscape in the Pleistocene and Early Holocene with special reference to Mt. Carmel; Z. Naveh.- Part B. Global issues. 8. The development of Tanzania Masailand. A sociological and ecological challenge; Z. Naveh.- 9. The role of landscape ecology in development; Z. Naveh.- 10. Culture and landscape conservation: A landscape ecological perspective; Z. Naveh.- 11. Ecological and cultural landscape restoration and the cultural evolution towards a post-industrial symbiosis between human society and nature; Z. Naveh.- 12. Ten major premises for a holistic conception of multifunctional landscapes; Z. Naveh.- 13. Multifunctional, self-organizing biosphere landscapes and the future of our Total Human Ecosystem; Z. Naveh.- Part C. Recapitulation. 14. The transformation of landscape ecology and restoration ecology into transdisciplinary sciences - recapitulation and revision; Z. Naveh.-
Capitalizing on forty years of intensive ecological studies, this anthology presents a collection of widely dispersed major publications on theoretical and practical Mediterranean, global environmental and landscape issues. Each chapter features a comprehensive study of ecological and landscape issues, synthesized in the introduction, and woven with autobiographical experiences. The concluding chapter calls for a transdisciplinary shift in all environmental scientific fields and particularly in landscape and restoration ecology, to cope with the complex, closely interwoven ecological, socio-economical, political and cultural crises facing human society during the present crucial transition from the industrial to the post-industrial, global information age.
Updating and broadening the scope of the groundbreaking Springer book on Landscape Theory and Applications by the author and Lieberman (1994), this is a unique transdisciplinary attempt based on advanced systems complexity theories, which link the natural and human sciences.
Distinguished by its comprehensive transdisciplinary approach n
Essay on the need for transdisciplinary transformation of environmental and landscape sciences coping with ecological, socio-economic and cultural crises n
Complementary and updating the Springer text book on theory and application of landscape ecology by Naveh and Lieberman (1994) n
Bridging the gaps between natural sciences, social sciences and humanities