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Biodiversity and Ecosystem Insecurity
A Planet in Peril

ISBN 9781849712200
Published August 31, 2016 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Insecurity provides an authoritative and comprehensive assessment of the threats presented to human security and well-being by the loss of ecosystems and biodiversity recently confirmed as one of the critical 'planetary boundaries' that has already been exceeded. Contributors examine the current trends and state of biodiversity globally, the drivers of biodiversity loss including climate change and economic and population pressures, and the mechanisms and policies needed for conserving and restoring biodiversity in the future. Strong emphasis is placed throughout on the fundamental importance of placing a realistic economic value on nature and the services that ecosystems provide if we are to manage our natural resources successfully; and also on the crucial role of international institutions and government policies achieving this goal. As the recent high-profile meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan, underlined, the scale and pace of the destruction of natural habitats and species imperil us all. This volume is an invaluable resource for conservationists, students and those in the private and public sectors concerned to redress the damage being done to the natural world.

Table of Contents

Forewords.  Preface: Limits to Growth.  Author Biographies.  Acronyms.  Part 1: Driver of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Loss  1. What Are the Drivers Causing Loss of Biodiversity and Changes in Ecosystem Services?  Part 2: Biodiversity Insecurity  2. Biodiversity, Peace and Insecurity  3. Contributing to Resilience  4. Global Food Crisis: Biodiversity to Curb World's Food Insecurity with a Focus on Indonesian Experience  5. Coral Reefs  6. Preserving Life: Marine Biodiversity and Networks of Marine Protected Areas  7. Forests: Thinking and Acting Outside the Box  Part 3: Climate Change Biodiversity and Ecosystems  8. Climate Change Means a Less Habitable Planet  9. Water and Biodiversity  10. REDD+ as a Potentially Viable Solution to Biodiversity and Ecosystem Insecurity  11. Mitigating Climate Change through Ecological Agriculture  12. Land Degradation and Exploitation and its Impact on Biodiversity and Ecosystems  13. Vulnerable States  14. Permafrost Dynamics and Global Climate Change  Part 4: Governing Biodiversity  15. Governance for Biodiversity; National Plans – the UK Experience  16. Governing Biodiversity  17. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) and its Importance for Governing Biodiversity  18. Traditional Knowledge in Global Policy Making: Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity  19. The Global Environment Facility: Our Catalytic Role to Sustain Biodiversity  20. Is 'Biodiversity' the Next 'Climate Change' for Business?  21 A New Deal for Life

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Ahmed Djoghlaf is the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Felix Dodds is the Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future.