Integrated Ecosystem Management

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1. Introduction
Integrated ecosystem management (IEM) is a modern and preferred way to manage ecosystem and natural resources. IEM aims to conserve major ecosystem services and restore natural resources, while meeting the socio-economic, political and cultural needs of current and future generations (Szaro, et al., 1998). Additionally, IEM attempts to involve all stakeholders in defining sustainable alternatives for the interactions of people and their environment. Moreover, IEM is especially an interdisciplinary research field to solve environmental problems.
As ecosystems are an interconnected communities of living organisms, including humans and their physical and chemical environments. Managing ecosystems will need further integration and collaboration of knowledge from various disciplines to integrate the ecological, economic; and social aspects. This implies that; identifying the problem and finding feasible solutions to manage ecosystems needs an interdisciplinary research approach. Estimating ecosystem flow for an IEM requires an input from an interdisciplinary group of scientists which otherwise lead to challenge in IEM (Brian, et al., 2003). Thus, in order to overcome challenges in IEM, the various disciplines need to work together. Without the integration of knowledge from the various disciplines on the different aspects, the challenges in IEM will not be overwhelmed. Therefore, an interdisciplinary approach is crucial for ecosystem management through
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