The ecology and economics of biodiversity loss

the research agenda

Charles Perrings, C. Folke, K. G. Maler

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Abstract

Regarding humans as co-actors with other species in complex self-organizing systems, the authors focus on the sustainability of resource use. In the context of biological conservation, this implies maintenance of sufficient biodiversity to assure the resilience of ecosystems delivering ecological services of fundamental value to human societies. The paper identifies four sets of research issues: the first comprises a set of ecological questions about the nature, measurement and consequences of change in biological diversity, both globally and at the level of particular ecosystems. The second concerns the economic valuation of ecological services as a means of judging the economic significance of biodiversity loss. The third concerns the driving forces behind biodiversity loss. It deals with both the proximate and underlying causes of change in the level of biodiversity. The fourth concerns the scope for changing the human behaviour which threatens biodiversity, whether through the destruction of habitat, through specialization in production, or through harvesting strategies. The nature of the linkage between ecological and economic systems is discussed in the context of informational, institutional, ethical and cultural conditions. The paper takes a systems perspective emphasizing the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to biodiversity, and the gains from collaborative research. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmbio
Pages201-211
Number of pages11
Volume21
Edition3
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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biodiversity
ecology
economics
interdisciplinary approach
human behavior
ecosystem
economic system
resource use
valuation
loss
sustainability
habitat
services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Perrings, C., Folke, C., & Maler, K. G. (1992). The ecology and economics of biodiversity loss: the research agenda. In Ambio (3 ed., Vol. 21, pp. 201-211)

The ecology and economics of biodiversity loss : the research agenda. / Perrings, Charles; Folke, C.; Maler, K. G.

Ambio. Vol. 21 3. ed. 1992. p. 201-211.

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Perrings, C, Folke, C & Maler, KG 1992, The ecology and economics of biodiversity loss: the research agenda. in Ambio. 3 edn, vol. 21, pp. 201-211.
Perrings C, Folke C, Maler KG. The ecology and economics of biodiversity loss: the research agenda. In Ambio. 3 ed. Vol. 21. 1992. p. 201-211
Perrings, Charles ; Folke, C. ; Maler, K. G. / The ecology and economics of biodiversity loss : the research agenda. Ambio. Vol. 21 3. ed. 1992. pp. 201-211
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