Environmental stewardship refers to management and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices. Aldo Leopold (1887-1949) championed environmental stewardship based on a land ethic „dealing with man’s relationship to land and the plants and growing on it.“ [1]

Resilience-Based Ecosystem Stewardship

Resilience-Based Ecosystem Stewardship emphasizes resilience as a basic feature of the changing world as well as ecosystems That Provide a suite of ecosystem services Rather than a single resource , and stewardship That Recognizes resource managers as an integral portion of the systems They manage. [2] Resilience refers to the ability of a system to absorb disturbance and still maintain its basic function and structure. [3]

Different types of environmental stewards

There are 3 types of environmental stewards: doers, donors, and practitioners. Doers go out and help the cause by taking action. For example, the doers in an oil spill would be the volunteers that go along the beach. A donor is the person who financially helps the cause. They can do anything from donating their money, They are typically governmental agencies. Lastly there are practitioners. They work on a day-to-day basis to a stewardship outcome. Together these 3 groups make up the environment and keep the ecosystem running healthily. [4]Anybody can be an environmental steward by being aware and knowledgeable of the world around them and making sure they do as little as possible to negatively impact our world. Without these groups it would be hard to get more out of sustainability in our industrially based world. [5]

See also

  • Environmental protection
  • Environmental stewardship (England)
  • Evangelical environmentalism
  • Stewardship
  • Stewardship (theology)


  1. Jump up^ Leopold, Aldo. 1949.In Sand County Almanac. Oxford University Press, New York.
  2. Jump up^ Chapin, F. Stuart III, Gary P. Kofinas, and Carl Folke (eds). 2009.Principles of Ecosystem Stewardship: Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management in a Changing World. Springer. ISBN 978-0387730325.
  3. Jump up^ Walker, Brian, and David Salt. 2006.Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World. Island Press. ISBN 978-1597260930.
  4. Jump up^ Increasing Capacity for Stewardship of Oceans and Coasts, p. 30
  5. Jump up^ National Research Council. (2008). Increasing Capacity for Stewardship of Oceans and Coasts. The National Academic Press, 500 Fifth Street, NW Washington DC 20001.