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Environmental Management Article by: David Alexander, Department of Geosciences, Morrill Science Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts. Access to this content is available to Ward's World readers for free from McGraw Hill's AccessScience, an award-winning, digital STEM resource containing exclusive articles written by expert scientists and engineers; biographies of well-known scientific figures; science news, videos, and animations; and much, much more. Instructors can use AccessScience to guide students on their research project journeys, to help students understand scientific concepts, to support distance learning efforts, in flipped classroom approaches, and in countless other ways. Ward's World and AccessScience have partnered to offer educators a no-obligation, free trial subscription to AccessScience. Request your free trial today to discover how valuable AccessScience can be for you and your students! Get your free trial now. The development of strategies to allocate and conserve resources, with the ultimate goal of regulating the impact of human activities on the surrounding environment. Environmental man- agement is a mixture of science, policy, and socio- economic applications. It focuses on the solution to the practical problems that humans encounter in cohabitation with nature, exploitation of resources, and production of waste (Fig. 1). In a purely anthropocentric sense, the central prob- lem is how to permit technology to evolve continu- ously while limiting the degree to which this process alters natural ecosystems. Environmental manage- ment is thus intimately intertwined with questions regarding limiting economic growth, ensuring an equitable distribution of consumable goods, and conserving resources for future generations. Environ- mental management is a response to the increasing seriousness of the human impact on natural ecosys- tems. With a smaller global population base and a less pervasive use of technology, the environment might be able to recuperate on its own from human misuse; however, in many cases, it is now widely recognized that positive intervention is necessary if the environment is to recover. + ward ' s science Content • Participants • Management techniques • Environmental challenges Key Concepts • Environmental managers develop strategies to allocate and conserve resources, with the goal of regulating the effect of human activities on the natural environment. • Stakeholders in environmental management include governmental organizations, research institutions, regulating agencies, businesses, financial institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and public users of the environment. • Techniques used in environmental management include environmental impact analysis and environmental auditings. Fig. 1 Environmental management seeks to provide solutions to the practical problems that humans encounter or create, including the production of garbage and waste. (Credit: iStock)

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