From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity

Conceptual and Practical Challenges

by Elena Casetta, Jorge  Marques da Silva, Davide Vecchi

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Book Description

This book features essays written by philosophers, biologists, ecologists and conservation scientists facing the current biodiversity crisis. Despite increasing communication, accelerating policy and management responses, and notwithstanding improving ecosystem assessment and endangered species knowledge, conserving biodiversity continues to be more a concern than an accomplished task. Why is it so? The overexploitation of natural resources by our species is a frequently recognised factor, while the short-term economic interests of governments and stakeholders typically clash with the burdens that implementing conservation actions imply. But this is not the whole story. This book develops a different perspective on the problem by exploring the conceptual challenges and practical defiance posed by conserving biodiversity, namely: on the one hand, the difficulties in defining what biodiversity is and characterizing that "thing" to which the word 'biodiversity' refers to; on the other hand, the reasons why assessing biodiversity and putting in place effective conservation actions is arduous.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity ebook for free in PDF format (8.0 MB).

Book Details

Subject
Philosophy
Publisher
Springer
Published
2019
Pages
455
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9783030109905
ISBN10
3030109909
ISBN13 Digital
9783030109912
ISBN10 Digital
3030109917
PDF Size
8.0 MB
License
CC BY

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