Conserving and Valuing Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity

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Comprehensively addresses the economic, social and institutional difficulties in conserving biodiversity.

This book comprehensively addresses the economic, social and institutional difficulties in conserving biodiversity and the ecosystem services that it provides.

It covers a wide range of issues such as biodiversity, ecosystem services and valuation in the context of diverse ecosystems such as tropical forests, marine areas, wetlands and agricultural landscapes, non-timber forest products, incentives and institutions, payments for ecosystem services, governance, intellectual property rights and the protection of traditional knowledge, management of protected areas, and climate change and biodiversity.

It also covers the application of environmental economics and institutional economics to different cases and the use of techniques such as contingent valuation method and game theory. The book spans the globe with case studies drawn from a cross section of regions and continents including the UK, US, Europe, Australia, India, Africa and South America.

Contents

Introduction
Part I: Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Valuation
Part II: Incentives and Institutions
Part III: Governance
Part IV: Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous Knowledge
Part V: Climate Change

Authors

K N Ninan is Professor of Ecological Economics at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India, and Visiting Professor, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. Dr Ninan has also been a Visiting Professor or Fellow at the University of Tokyo, Japan, Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo, Japan, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK, University of Versailles, France, Maison Des Sciences De L'Homme, Paris, France, and University of Tokushima, Japan. He is also the author of The Economics of Biodiversity Conservation: Valuation in Tropical Forest Ecosystems (Earthscan, 2007).