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Conserving biodiversity by conserving land

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  • Polasky, Stephen
  • Vossler, Christian A.

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Society faces difficult choices over whether to allow habitat conversion for economic gain versus conserving habitat to protect biodiversity. Because the conservation of biodiversity and the material well being of the human population are both important goals, it is important to set conservation priorities intelligently and minimize the reduction in other goals from pursuing conservation. In this paper, our objective is to ensure that the maximum amount of biodiversity is conserved for any given level of cost. We illustrate our approach to this problem using land value data, taxonomic and geographical distribution data for breeding bird species in Oregon.

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  • Polasky, Stephen & Vossler, Christian A., 2002. "Conserving biodiversity by conserving land," MPRA Paper 38863, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Paunić, Alida, 2016. "Brazil, Preservation of Forest and Biodiversity," MPRA Paper 71462, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Schonhart, Martin & Schauppenlehner, Thomas & Schmid, Erwin, 2010. "Integrated land use modelling of agri-environmental measures to maintain biodiversity at landscape level," 120th Seminar, September 2-4, 2010, Chania, Crete 109401, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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    Keywords

    biological reserve selection; conservation; cost-effectiveness analysis; genetic diversity;

    JEL classification:

    • Q24 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Land
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics

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