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Core Issues in the Economics of Biodiversity Conservation

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  • Tisdell, Clement A.

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Critically reviews the following core issues in the economics of biodiversity conservation: reliance on the stated preferences of individuals as a guide to biodiversity conservation, the relevance of the phylogenetic similarity principle (and other attributes of organisms) for the survival of species; the implications of the Noah’s ark problem for selecting features of biodiversity to be saved and the difficulties raised by criteria based on safe minimum populations of species or on minimum environmental standards; the extent to which the precautionary principle can be rationally used to support the conservation of biodiversity; the impact of market extensions and globalization, as well as market and other institutional failures, on biodiversity loss; the relationship between the rate of interest and biodiversity loss; and the implications of intergenerational equity for biodiversity conservation. The consequences of changes in biodiversity for sustainable development are given particular attention.

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  • Tisdell, Clement A., 2010. "Core Issues in the Economics of Biodiversity Conservation," Economics, Ecology and Environment Working Papers 92772, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uqseee:92772
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    1. Clement A Tisdell, 2009. "Resource and Environmental Economics:Modern Issues and Applications," World Scientific Books, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., number 6980.
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    1. Clem Tisdell, 2013. "Economics, ecology and GMOs: sustainability, precaution and related issues," Chapters,in: Handbook of Sustainable Development Planning, chapter 5, pages 91-118 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    biodiversity conservation; economic valuation; intergenerational equity; phylogenetic similarity principle; precautionary principle; sustainable development.; Environmental Economics and Policy; Q5; Q51; Q56; Q57;

    JEL classification:

    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics

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