biodiversity loss Books

  • The Governance of Nature and the Nature of Governance: Policy that works for biodiversity and livelihoods

    Ecosystem services have been disturbed to such an extent that, unless remedial action is taken urgently, reaching both the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) target of slowing biodiversity loss by 2010 and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 could prove impossible (MA, 2005a). This report looks at the reasons behind this ...

  • A threat to life : the impact of climate change on Japan's biodiversity

    This book focuses on the relationship between climate change and biodiversity. It opens with general perspectives on the main issues, pointing out the need to take an holistic approach and to urge policy makers to take action, even when scientific evidence is not always conclusive. Evidence on climate change and biodiversity loss in an historical ...

  • 2003 United Nations List of Protected Areas

    This UN List is the thirteenth produced since 1962 and the first version to attempt a comprehensive presentation of all the world’s known protected areas. The introductory text presents an analysis and the accompanying CD lists more than 102,000 sites covering 18.8 million sq. km. Significant progress has been made in conserving representative ...

  • Stability of Tropical Rainforest Margins

    Tropical rainforests disappear at an alarming rate causing unprecedented losses in biodiversity and ecosystem services. The stability of rainforest margins has an ecological and socio-economic dimension, and understanding the multidisciplinary nature of land-use changes in tropical rainforest margins is the key to identifying development ...

  • Payment for Environmental Services in Agricultural Landscapes. Economic Policies and Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries

    In recent years, development policy has responded to an increasing concern about natural resource degradation by setting up innovative payment for environmental services (PES) programs in developing countries. PES programs use market and institutional incentives in order to meet both environmental and poverty alleviation objectives. However, their ...

  • Sustainability and Diversity of Forest Ecosystems

    Biodiversity is decreasing at the fastest rate in the history of the earth, largely as a result of human activity. The sustainable use of ecosystems allowing maintenance of biological diversity is an urgent problem that must be solved. Among terrestrial ecosystems, forests support the richest biological diversity. The interaction of humans and ...

  • Comparative Environmental Politics

    This volume looks at the way countries vary politically and assesses the impact this may have on response to global environmental issues, such as climate warming, biodiversity loss, deforestation, and trans-boundary air pollution.The book explores 5 large topics: state-society relations; environmental non-government organizations (ENGOs), Green ...

  • Payment for Environmental Services in Agricultural Landscapes

    In recent years, development policy has responded to an increasing concern about natural resource degradation by setting up innovative payment for environmental services (PES) programs in developing countries. PES programs use market and institutional incentives in order to meet both environmental and poverty alleviation objectives. However, their ...

  • Science Magazine`s State of the Planet 2006-2007

    How often in today's environmental debates have you read that 'the science is in dispute'-even when there is overwhelming consensus among scientists? Too often, the voice of science is diminished or diluted for the sake of politics, and the public is misled. Now, the most authoritative voice in U.S. science, Science magazine, brings you current ...

  • Management and Sustainable Development of Coastal Zone Environments

    Coastal areas face increasing pressures from land use change, developmental activities, shoreline erosion, biodiversity losses and natural calamities. This volume addresses these issues facilitating the integrated analysis of the sustainability of coastal zones. The contributors have tried to focus their respective works on the problems that need ...

  • Carbon and Its Domestication

    Carbon is chemically versatile and is thus the body and soul of biological, geological, ecological and economic systems. Its appropriation by humans through diversion of its biogeochemical cycle has been a mainstay of development. This domestication is characterized by a number of thresholds: control of fire, development of agriculture, expansion ...

  • Ecological Economics

    Taking as its starting point the interdependence of the economy and the natural environment, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the emerging field of ecological economics. The authors, who have written extensively on the economics of sustainability, build on insights from both mainstream economics and ecological sciences. Part I ...

  • Status of the States: Innovative Strategies for Biodiversity Conservation Report

    The United States now faces a biodiversity crisis of historic proportions. It is estimated that 'one-third of the native U.S. flora and fauna is considered to be of conservation concern.' States are currently facing unprecedented habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation due to sprawl development, agriculture, and other land modifications. Many ...

  • The use of economic measures in national biodiversity strategies and action plans : a review of experiences, lessons learned and ways forward

    Economic forces underlie and explain much biodiversity degradation and loss, and economic instruments provide a useful set of tools for strengthening biodiversity conservation, sustainable use and equitable benefit sharing. If National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans are to be effective they must be justifiable in economic terms. This ...

  • The ECO Guide to Careers that Make a Difference: Environmental Work for a Sustainable World

    How can you make a real difference in the world and make a good living at the same time? The ECO Guide to Careers That Make a Difference: Environmental Work for a Sustainable World provides the answer.Developed by The Environmental Careers Organization (ECO, the creators of the popular Complete Guide to Environmental Careers), this new volume is ...

  • The Impact of Species Changes in African Lakes

    The African lakes are an extremely important ecosystem and the subject of much study relating to species introductions and loss of biodiversity. This book provides a thorough review of the whole subject and will be of great interest to fish biologists, fisheries workers, ecologists, environmental scientists and conservationists. ...

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function

    With the accelerating loss of biodiversity there is increasing concern about how this loss may be affecting ecosystem processes, or services, that are of benefit to human well being. The limited studies that address the principal question directly, species numbers versus system function, are evaluated. Moreover, the degree of redundancy within ...

  • Environmental Impacts of Trade Liberalization and Policies for the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources: A Case Study of Bangladesh's Shrimp Fa

    Bangladesh, Trade Liberalization, Environmental Impact, Shrimp Farming, Sustainable Development The present study seeks to analyze the trend and structure of the export-oriented shrimp culture industry in Bangladesh against the backdrop of trade policy reform, undertake a simple cost-benefit analysis to assess the environmental impact of shrimp ...

  • Tropical Rainforests and Agroforests under Global Change

    Tropical rainforests are disappearing due to agricultural intensification and climate change, causing irreversible losses in biodiversity and associated ecosystem functioning. Ecosystem properties and human well-being are profoundly influenced by environmental change, which is often not considered during land use intensification. Understanding ...

  • The Congo basin : human and natural resources

    The Congo Basin encompasses an enormous region of Central Africa. Up to the present day, the area has a more or less continuous forest cover and is rich in biodiversity. The lowland forest of the Congo Basin for instance, is the most species-rich forest in Africa. In particular species groups of the region, endemism is high. Currently however, ...

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