The Effect of Ecosystem Management on the Nutrient Cycle

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Abstract ……………………………… 2
Introduction …………………………...3
What is Ecosystem Management...........3
Resources/Development………………3
Ecology /Soil as an Ecosystem………...3
Land Management……………………..4
Nutrient Cycle………………………….4
Soil Biology…………………………....5
Conclusion……………………………..6
Work Cited……………………………..7

Abstract

One reason people think of different things when they hear ecosystem management is because people mean different things when they use the term ecosystem management. These different meanings present differences in their interests. Ecosystem management is defined as being an approach to natural resource management which aims to sustain ecosystems to meet both ecological and human needs in the future but this isn’t where the debate comes into place. The argument arrives when you take account of the effect it has on the nutrient cycle (Glossary Ecosystem Management). Ecosystem management is not just about science nor is it simply an extension of traditional resource management; it offers a fundamental reframing of how humans may work with nature (PDF). People use adaptive management strategies to affect the factors that control soil biological communities. Soil biological activity is determined by factors at three different levels. When using Microscopes Factors the types and activity level of the soil organism would be affected; these factors may vary over short distances in the soil. Considering each factor is impacted by climate, soil texture, time of day season, and management practices including tillage, crop rotation, and irrigation. The diversity and functioning of a soil biological community are likely to improve when these strategies are used. Management plans should consider both the timing of management practices and disturbances, and the duration and degree of their effects on soil biology. The effects of management and disturbances vary by season, and the capacity of the soil community to recover from a particular practice or disturbance ranges widely. One reason people think of different things when they hear ecosystem management is because people mean different things when they use the term ecosystem management. These different meanings present differences in their interests. Ecosystem management is defined as being an approach to natural resource management which aims to sustain ecosystems to meet both ecological and human needs in the future but this isn’t where the debate comes into place. The argument arrives when you take account of the effect it has on the nutrient cycle (Glossary Ecosystem Management). Ecosystem management is not just about science nor is it simply an extension of traditional resource management; it offers a fundamental reframing of how humans may work with nature (PDF).

We will need to define what an ecosystem is. An Ecosystem is a community[1] and its abiotic environment. This idea is similar to the habitat except that it refers to where a group of interacting populations live instead of where a single species lives (e.g. forest, ocean, or pond) (TEXT BOOK CITE). Characterization of ecosystems in terms of structure involves a study of the numbers and kinds of organisms present and their spatial relationships: it also requires knowledge of the amounts of various inorganic substances in the system and how these are distributed among its component parts. Ecosystem Management is a process that aims to conserve major ecological services and restore natural resources while meeting the socio economic, political and cultural needs of current and future generations (Brussard Peter F). There are two main types of Ecosystem Management, adaptive management[2] and strategic management[3] (Pahl-Wostl).

Stakeholders, individuals or groups of people who are affected by environmental decisions and actions (Reed, M.S), use adaptive management strategies to affect the factors that control soil...
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