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Title Biodiversity loss : economic and ecological issues / edited by Charles Perrings ... [and others]
Published Cambridge : New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995


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Description xiv, 332 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: framing the problem of biodiversity loss / Charles Perrings, Karl-Goran Maler, Carl Folke, C. S. Holling and Bengt-Owe Jansson -- 1. Diversity functions / Martin L. Weitzman -- 2. Biodiversity in the functioning of ecosystems: an ecological synthesis / C. S. Holling, D. W. Schindler, Brian W. Walker and Jonathan Roughgarden -- 3. Scale and biodiversity in coastal and estuarine ecosystems / Robert Costanza, Michael Kemp and Walter Boynton -- 4. Wetland valuation: three case studies / R. K. Turner, Carl Folke, I. M. Gren and I. J. Bateman -- 5. An ecological economy: notes on harvest and growth / Gardner Brown and Jonathan Roughgarden -- 6. Biodiversity loss and the economics of discontinuous change in semiarid rangelands / Charles Perrings and Brian W. Walker -- 7. Economic growth and the environment / Karl-Goran Maler -- 8. The international regulation of biodiversity decline: optional policy and evolutionary product / Timothy Swanson
9. Policies to control tropical deforestation: trade interventions versus transfers / Edward B. Barbier and Michael Rauscher -- 10. On biodiversity conservation / Scott Barrett -- 11. Unanswered questions / Charles Perrings, Karl-Goran Maler, Carl Folke, C. S. Holling and Bengt-Owe Jansson
Summary What potential problems does biodiversity loss create for humankind? What basis is there for biologists' concern about what has been described as the sixth mass extinction on our planet? The Biodiversity Programme of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' Beijer Institute brought together eminent economists and ecologists to consider these and other questions about the nature and significance of the problem of biodiversity loss. This volume reports key findings from that programme. In encouraging collaborative interdisciplinary work between the closely related disciplines of economics and ecology, programme participants hoped to shed new light on the concept of diversity, the implications of biological diversity for the functioning of ecosystems, the driving forces behind biodiversity loss, and the options for promoting biodiversity conservation. The results of the programme are surprising. They indicate that the main costs of biodiversity loss may not be the loss of genetic material, but the loss of ecosystem resilience and the insurance it provides against the uncertain environmental effects of economic and population growth. Because this is as much a local as a global problem, biodiversity conservation offers both local and global benefits. Since the causes of biodiversity loss lie in the incentives to local users, that is where reform must begin if the problem is to be tackled successfully
Notes "Outcome of the first research programme of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science's Beijer Institute"--Pref
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-325) and index
Subject Biodiversity conservation -- Economic aspects.
Biodiversity conservation.
Biodiversity conservation -- Economic aspects.
Biodiversity conservation.
Biotic communities -- Economic aspects.
Protected areas -- Economic aspects.
Author Perrings, Charles.
Beijer Institute.
LC no. 94027771
ISBN 0521471788 (hc)
0521588669 (paperback)