Although traditional ecology has been successful in tackling a particular class of problems that are relatively well defined and stable, it is suggested that the traditional ecology is not really appropriate for dealing with the more ‘messy’ situations and issues that arise out of problems of organized complexity. It is argued that the integrative landscape ecology is more appropriate when dealing with the type of policy related research that arises in the context of sustainability.
Landscape approach offers holistic assessment and planning tools to define and develop the interface between nature and culture. Hence, landscape, as the place of human interaction with nature appears to be at the heart of sustainability.
More arguments and limitations of Landscape Ecology in context of sustainability can be read and downloaded here: Landscape Ecology 03