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Biodiversity Loss : Economic and Ecological Issues - Charles Perrings

Biodiversity Loss

Economic and Ecological Issues

By: Charles Perrings (Editor), Karl-Goran Maler (Editor), Carl Folke (Editor), C. S. Holling (Editor), Bengt-Owe Jansson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th June 1997
ISBN: 9780521588669
Number Of Pages: 352

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This important book reports the findings of a research program that brought together economists and ecologists to consider the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss. It shows that while the immediate causes of biodiversity loss lie in habitat destruction and harvesting, the underlying causes are incentives that encourage resource users to ignore the effects of their actions. These effects include both loss of genetic material, and the collapse of ecosystem resilience--our "insurance" against the fundamental uncertain effects of economic and population growth. The "solutions" are argued to lie in the reform of incentives.

"[The chapters] are solid contributions to the literature. They illuminate many of the core questions of biodiversity and its conservation. They have much to say to conservation biologists, resource economists, environmental strategists, and those concerned with the role of biodiversity in national land-use planning...would make excellent assignments for graduate classes." Norman Myers, BioScience "This book may be the most significant contribution to the interdisciplinary literature on biodiversity...Well-coordinated group discussions and sharing of draft research papers, joint research projects and chapter co-authorship by ecologists and economists, and strong and thoughtful editing have resulted in a coherent volume of original and strong contributions." Richard B. Norgaard, Journal of Wildlife Management "[The chapters] are solid contributions to the literature. They illuminate many of the core questions of biodiversity and its conservation. They have much to say to conservation biologists, resource economists, environmental strategists, and those concerned with the role of biodiversity in national land-use planning...would make excellent assignments for graduate classes." Norman Myers, BioScience "This book may be the most significant contribution to the interdisciplinary literature on biodiversity...Well-coordinated group discussions and sharing of draft research papers, joint research projects and chapter co-authorship by ecologists and economists, and strong and thoughtful editing have resulted in a coherent volume of original and strong contributions." Richard B. Norgaard, Journal of Wildlife Management

Introduction: Framing the problem of biodiversity loss
Conceptualising Diversity and Ecosystem Functions
Diversity functions
Biodiversity in the functioning of ecosystems
Scale and biodiversity in coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Integrating Ecology and Economics in the Analysis of Biodiversity Loss
Wetland valuation: three case studies
An ecological economy: notes on harvest and growth
Biodiversity loss and the economics of discontinuous change in semi-arid rangelands
The Economic Issues
Economic growth and the environment
The international regulation of biodiversity decline
Policies to control tropical deforestation
On biodiversity conservation
Conclusions
Unanswered questions
References
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ISBN: 9780521588669
ISBN-10: 0521588669
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 30th June 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48