By Robert A. Askins, Glenn D. Dreyer, Gerald R. Visgilio, Diana M. Whitelaw
The exact contribution of this e-book is that it offers a practical strategy for holding organic diversity. specialists in a large choice of fields, together with philosophy, environmental coverage, legislation, economics and biology, current various views on how you can hinder frequent extinction round the world. numerous chapters take care of uncomplicated questions reminiscent of how we must always outline biodiversity and the way we must always ascertain what's most vital to save. chapters concentrate on how we will be able to position an financial price on organic variety, a step that's frequently severe for gaining attractiveness for conservation efforts. one of many significant conclusions is that folks are frequently keen to pay to maintain common structures that experience no speedy worth when it comes to producing source of revenue or commodities. different chapters are case experiences of efforts to guard specific species or ecosystems; those offer sensible instructions for a way to guard biodiversity extra successfully.
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The lesson of this story is telling. The animals and plants of this varied and lovely world worked together and provided habitat to support and sustain us. It is our turn to save them. I think Noah would agree. Notes 1. C. §1531 (a) (1) (1973). 2. David S. , Environmental Defense Fund, Rebuilding the Ark: Toward a More Effective Endangered Species Act for Private Land 2 (1996). 3. See generally Peter Mathiessen, Wildlife in America (1987), H. Borland, The History of Wildlife in America (1975). 4.
It is important to choose the alternative actions that provide the biggest physical bang for a buck even when the benefits of preservation options are difficult to monetize. 1 Economics is not Commerce “When conservation is based on economic motives, there is a basic weakness. Most members of the land community have no economic value. It is doubtful whether more than 5% of the higher plant animals native to Wisconsin can be sold, fed, eaten or otherwise put to economic use” (Leopold 1966: 246–249).
A. Askins et al. M. Brown methods for estimating these values in money terms, contributing to several economic journals devoted to this work. An important reason that individuals should seek to measure non-market values in money terms is that they often do not get to choose the forum in which the decisions pertaining to species preservation are made. In many forums there are people with power who pray to the money metric. For example, if a person who thinks about habitat in terms of the dollar value of commercial animal-unit-months chairs a congressional committee that determines land use, then the only way to gain this person’s vote in favor of preservation of habitat for wildlife will be through his/her monetary frame of reference.