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The values of biological diversity: a travelogue


  • Ylva Uggla


Biological diversity is an abstract, scientific concept and both evaluating its condition and, to great extent, justifying its conservation requires expert knowledge. Accordingly, regulating and managing biological diversity presupposes standardisation and methods for managing uncertainty. To be acted on, the concept must be promoted, passing, in this process, through various institutions, such as intergovernmental organisations and national administrations. This paper examines how the principle of biological diversity conservation is defined, focusing on the values of biological diversity and how this notion has 'travelled the world'. The paper includes a study of how the principle of biological diversity was applied in a specific case of insect control in Sweden.

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  • Ylva Uggla, 2010. "The values of biological diversity: a travelogue," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 53(1), pages 91-105.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:53:y:2010:i:1:p:91-105
    DOI: 10.1080/09640560903399806

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    1. Uggla, Ylva & Forsberg, Maria & Larsson, Stig, 2016. "Dissimilar framings of forest biodiversity preservation: Uncertainty and legal ambiguity as contributing factors," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 36-42.


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