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.
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