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Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainable Development: Principles and Practices with Asian Examples

Series: New Horizons in Environmental Economics

By: Clem Tisdell

263 pages, Figs, tabs, maps

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Jan 1999 | #83494 | ISBN: 1858987350
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This text highlights the conflicts between economic growth and the conservation of nature in the context of sustainable development. It places particular emphasis on biological diversity and examines possible policies for resolving conflicts which arise from the contrasting goals of conserving the natural environment and economic growth. Key issues examined in the book include: the value of environmental and resource economics in planning sustainable development; the importance of biodiversity conservation for sustainable development and for the stability and sustainability of ecological systems; the impact of economic globalization and market systems on the conservation of nature; priorities for the financial support of protected areas; the extent to which eco-tourism can be harnessed to reconcile economic utilization of an area with nature conservation; the costs and benefits of conservation; financing the management of nature reserves; and economic and social considerations to be taken into account in nature conservation.


Part I An overview: economics, nature conservation and sustainable development - an overview. Part II General principles and policies: environmental principles and policies: environmental and resource economics - its role in planning sustainable development; conservation of biodiversity - most important aspect of sustainable development?; biodiversity, stability and sustainability - an appraisal; dies the commercial use of wildlife favour conservation of wildlife?; conservation, protected areas and the global economic system; ranking requests for financial support for protected areas; ecotourism, economics and the environment. Part III Experiences and cases from Asia: the environment and Asian economic development; economics of in situ biodiversity conservation in China - Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve as an example; reconciling economic development, nature conservation and local communities; tourism development and conservation of nature - the case of Xishuangbanna, Yunnan; agricultural pests and protected areas - experiences in Xishuangbanna; financing nature reserves in China - the case of Xishuangbanna State Nature Reserve; sustainable development and biodiversity conservation in Northeast India in context. Part IV Concluding observations: nature conservation and development in retrospect.

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