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Biodiversity Loss
Economic and Ecological Issues

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C. Perrings, K.-G. Maler, C. Folke, C. S. Holling, B. O. Jansson, M.Weitzman, D. W. Schindler, B. W. Walker, J. Roughgarden, R. Constanza, M. Kemp, W. Boynton, R. K. Turner, I. M. Gren, I. Bateman, G. Brown, C. Perrings, T. Swanson, E. B. Barbier, M. Rauscher, S. Barrett
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  • Date Published: October 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521471787

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  • This volume reports key findings of the Biodiversity Program of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' Beijer Institute. The program brought together a number of eminent ecologists and economists to consider the nature and significance of the biodiversity problem. In encouraging collaborative work between these closely related disciplines it sought 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 program are surprising. It is shown that the core of the biodiversity problem is a loss of ecosystem resilience and the insurance it provides against the uncertain environmental effects of economic and population growth. This is as much a local as a global problem, implying that biodiversity conservation offers benefits that are as much local as global. The solutions as well as the causes of biodiversity loss lie in incentives to local users.

    • Focuses on biodiversity loss, a major problem currently facing human society
    • Contributions from eminent scholars: Holling, Schindler, Walker, Roughgarden, Weitzman, Maler
    • Reveals important and surprising conclusions about the causes of biodiversity loss and potential solutions
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    • Date Published: October 1995
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521471787
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 57 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Framing the problem of biodiversity loss C. Perrings, K.-G. Maler, C. Folke, C. S. Holling and B. O. Jansson
    Part I. Conceptualising Diversity and Ecosystem Functions:
    1.1. Diversity functions M.Weitzman
    1.2. Biodiversity in the functioning of ecosystems C. S. Holling, D. W. Schindler, B. W. Walker and J. Roughgarden
    1.3. Scale and biodiversity in coastal and estuarine ecosystems R. Constanza, M. Kemp and W. Boynton
    Part II. Integrating Ecology and Economics in the Analysis of Biodiversity Loss:
    2.1. Wetland valuation: three case studies R. K. Turner, C. Folke, I. M. Gren and I. Bateman
    2.2. An ecological economy: notes on harvest and growth G. Brown and J. Roughgarden
    2.3. Biodiversity loss and the economics of discontinuous change in semi-arid rangelands C. Perrings and B. W. Walker
    Part III. The Economic Issues:
    3.1. Economic growth and the environment K.-G. Maler
    3.2. The international regulation of biodiversity decline T. Swanson
    3.3. Policies to control tropical deforestation E. B. Barbier and M. Rauscher
    3.4. On biodiversity conservation S. Barrett
    Part IV. Conclusions:
    4.1. Unanswered questions C. Perrings, K.-G. Maler, C. Folke, C. S. Holling and B. O. Jansson
    References.

  • Editors

    Charles Perrings, University of York

    Karl-Goran Maler, Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm

    Carl Folke, Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm

    C. S. Holling, University of Florida

    Bengt-Owe Jansson, Stockholms Universitet

    Contributors

    C. Perrings, K.-G. Maler, C. Folke, C. S. Holling, B. O. Jansson, M.Weitzman, D. W. Schindler, B. W. Walker, J. Roughgarden, R. Constanza, M. Kemp, W. Boynton, R. K. Turner, I. M. Gren, I. Bateman, G. Brown, C. Perrings, T. Swanson, E. B. Barbier, M. Rauscher, S. Barrett

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