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Paradise Lost?

The Ecological Economics of Biodiversity, 1st Edition

By Edward B. Barbier, Joanne C. Burgess, Carl Folke


284 pages

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Originally published in 1994, Paradise Lost? is the outcome of a unique collaboration between economists and ecologists initiated by the Beijer Institute of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The book examines how the loss of biodiversity is one of the most serious problems the world faces, and suggests that new, interdisciplinary thinking is required to safeguard both us and the biosphere from the effects of species extinction. The book examines how an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the conservation of biodiversity can understand and tackle the issue. It provides an overview of the causes of the problem, and examines previous approaches to dealing with it. The book also addresses how the loss of biodiversity affects natural systems and provides an examination of environmental policy, while discussing how this has been affected by the ecological limits to economic activity. This book will be of interest to both academics and students of environmental sciences, economics and politics.

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Part I: Implications, Driving Forces and Perspectives

1. Background and Overview

2. Ecological and Economic Implications of Biodiversity Loss

3. Ecological and Economic Perspectives: Convergence or Divergence?

4. Driving Forces for Biodiversity Loss

Part II: Analysis of Selected Systems

5. Forests

6. Wetlands

7. Estuarine and Marine Ecosystems

8. Rangelands

Part III: Lessons for Management and Policy

9. Instruments and Tools for Biodiversity Conservation

10. Policies and Institutions for Biodiversity Conservation

Part IV: Conclusions

11. Paradise Regained: The Challenges Ahead

Glossary of Selected Ecological and Economic Terms

Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviations



About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Ecology

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1974 and 2002, draw together research by leading academics in the area of ecology and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The collection examines ecology from a broad range of disciplines, from examining the economic impact of wildlife trade on ecosystems, to studies of the biodiversity of ecosystems across mountains, forests, wetlands and the arctic. The collection includes volumes across the disciplines of biology, botany, geography and sociology. The 17 books that comprise this collection include rigorous examinations into plant ecosystems, philosophy surrounding ecological scarcity, tropical environments and the relationship between ecology and society. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse subject of ecology and the environment and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of biology and ecology, but of philosophy, sociology and economics.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology