EWC Alumni, Staff, and Degree Fellows contribute to Sustainability Science Book

sustainability science for watershed landscapes book lauch

EWC alumni, staff, and degree fellows contributed to a newly published (SEARCA and ISEAS) volume entitled, Sustainability Science for Watershed Landscapes by James Roumasset (USA, FI ‘76-’77, et al.), Kimberly Burnett, and Arsenio Balisacan (Philippines, RSI ‘82-’86). Chapter contributors include Jefferson Fox (EWC Senior Fellow), Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin (Thailand, GDF ‘03-’07), Majah-Leah Ravago (Philippines, GDF’06-present), and Chieko Umetsu (Japan, ENV ‘89-93, et al.). The book’s preface and foreword were written by UHM Vice Chancellor Gary Ostrander and EWC Director of Research, Nancy Lewis, respectively.

Sustainability science integrates traditional interdisciplinary environmental studies with policy science. In this new volume, authors go beyond the application of scientific knowledge to specific problems and develop new methods for dealing interacting resource systems. In the case of watershed-related issues, sustainability science begins with questions regarding the targets and instruments of watershed management, including forest and watershed conservation, ground and surface water management, flood risk reduction, and food system management. As Stanford University’s Peter Vitousek notes on the back cover, “Sustainability Science can be both fundamental and practical, both deep and interdisciplinary. This application of Sustainability Science to Pacific watersheds illustrates its promise.”

sustainability science for watershed book launch

Back row L-R: Mike Kido, Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin, Greg Bruland, Steve Polasky, Kim Burnett, Jim Roumasset.
Front row L-R: Nancy Lewis, Rodel Lasco, Ken Kaneshiro, Mercy Sombilla, Majah Ravago, Arsenio Balisacan, Gil Saguiguit

The volume was launched in conjunction with the conduct of an international workshop,Sustainability Science for Food, Forests, and Floods: Integrating Climate Adaptation and Pro-Poor Resource Management” held at the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i May 27-28, 2010. The workshop provided prototypes of sustainability science by informing specific instruments of public policy regarding upland and coastal ecosystem management. The launching and the workshop were made possible by the partnership of UHM, SEARCA, EWC, IFPRI, and UHERO.  Workshops presentations are available for downloaded (click the link). Photos from the workshop and the launching are also available.