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DIALECTICS OF BIOLOGICAL DIMENSIONALITY AND BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

M. Kiflemariam
Coenoses
Vol. 8, No. 3 (Autumn 1993), pp. 149-158
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43461116
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Abstract

It is especially incumbent upon scholars in general and ecologists and environmental managers in particular to keep pace with ever emerging complex problems of human environments and life. Extraordinarily changing conditions have challenged our perception, theories (principles) and would be remedial/protective/preventive/and conservation measures. Environmental messes, i.e., extremely complex and often highly dynamic systems of interacting environmental problems, are exceptionally aggrandized in underdeveloped countries which are extremely afflicted by problems of bio-diversity, environmental productivity, stability, resilience and above all biological dimensionality. Biological dimensionality is often taken as a one or two-dimensional discrete phenomenon. To the contrary, it is an intricate, seamless and a four-dimensional continuum. It could be unfolded in many different ways, but once unravelled it cannot be put again like what it was. The message of the Law of Entropy is none other than this. The dialectics of biological dimensionality and biological diversity were diagnosed using conceptual schematic models. Their conceptual framework was extended to assess environmental messes of tropical countries especially referring to Ethiopia. Present day human management moves were then entertained based on verified ecological principles. They revealed the overall flaws of our moves as compared to the demands imposed by nature and by the modern rallying call of sustainability which is emphatically coined in Agenda 21.

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