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Concepts and values in biodiversity

Author: Dirk Lanzerath; Minou Bernadette Friele
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
Series: Routledge studies in biodiversity politics and management
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Biodiversity may refer to the diversity of genes, species or ecosystems in general. These varying concepts of biodiversity occasionally lead to conflicts among researchers and policy makers, as each of them require a customized type of protection strategy. This book addresses the questions surrounding the merits of conserving an existing situation, evolutionary development or the intentional substitution of one
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dirk Lanzerath; Minou Bernadette Friele
ISBN: 9780415660570 0415660572 9780415831789 0415831784
OCLC Number: 852218705
Description: xv, 363 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part I. Concepts and Values: 1. The necessity for biodiversity research: we are responsible for the quality of life of coming generations / Johann-Wolfgang Wägele; 2. Biodiversity and the `substitution problem' / Dieter Birnbacher; 3. Biodiversity: a methodological reconstruction of some fundamental misperception / Mathias Gutmann; 4. Framing biodiversity: the case of `invasive alien species' / Ulrich Heink and Kurt Jax; 5. Community-level biodiversity: an inquiry into the ecological and cultural background and practical consequences of opposing concepts / Thomas Kirchhoff; 6. Ethics of nature and biodiversity / Dieter Sturma; 7. The values of biodiversity: philosophical considerations connecting theory and practice / Thomas Potthast --
Part II. Policies and Justice: 8. The future of biodiversity and sustainable development: challenges and opportunities / Walter R. Erdelen; 9. Access and benefit sharing as a challenge for international law / Tade M. Spranger; 10. The legal protection of biodiversity in Namibia / Manfred O. Hinz and Oliver C. Ruppel; 11. The impact of access and benefit sharing programmes on indigenous people in Australia / Karen Bubna-Litic; 12. Reconstructing the `biopiracy' debate from a justice perspective / Klara H. Stumpf --
Part III. Challenges and Chances: 13. Biodiversity hotspots: concepts, applications and challenges / Fred Van Dyke; 14. Whose biodiversity is it? Challenges in managing migratory species / Aline Kühl-Stenzel; 15. Facing the biodiversity challenge: plant endemism as an appropriate biodiversity indicator / Ines Bruchmann; 16. Biodiversity and technical innovations: bionics / M. Daud Rafiqpoor; 17. Nature's chemical treasure trove: biodiversity and pharmaceuticals / Tobias A.M. Gulder and René Richarz, 18. Protection of biodiversity for the sake of science? / Gesine Schepers.
Series Title: Routledge studies in biodiversity politics and management
Responsibility: edited by Dirk Lanzerath and Minou Friele.

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"Biodiversity may refer to the diversity of genes, species or ecosystems in general. These varying concepts of biodiversity occasionally lead to conflicts among researchers and policy makers, as each of them require a customized type of protection strategy. This book addresses the questions surrounding the merits of conserving an existing situation, evolutionary development or the intentional substitution of one genome, species or ecosystem for another. Any practical steps towards the protection of biodiversity demand a definition of that which is to be protected and, in turn, the motivations for protecting biodiversity. Is biodiversity a necessary model which is also useful, or does it carry intrinsic value? Debates like this are particularly complex when interested parties address it from different conceptual and moral perspectives. Comprised of three parts, each complemented by a short introductory paragraph, this collection presents a variety of approaches to this challenge. The chapters cover the perspectives of environmental scientists with expertise in evolutionary, environmental biology, systematic zoology and botany, as well as those of researchers with expertise in philosophy, ethics, politics, law and economics. This combination facilitates a truly interdisciplinary debate by highlighting hitherto unacknowledged implications that inform current academic and political debates on biodiversity and its protection. The book should be of interest to students and researchers of environment studies, biodiversity, environmental philosophy, ethics and management."--

"Any practical steps towards the protection of biodiversity demand a definition of that which is to be protected and, in turn, the motivations for protecting biodiversity. Is biodiversity a necessary model which is also useful, or does it carry intrinsic value? Debates like this are particularly complex when interested parties address it from different conceptual and moral perspectives. This collection presents a variety of approaches to this challenge. This truly interdisciplinary collection facilitates debate by highlighting hitherto unacknowledged implications (both conceptual and qualitative) that inform current academic and political debates on biodiversity and its protection"--

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