Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Alleviation: Exploring the Evidence for a Link

Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Alleviation: Exploring the Evidence for a Link

Editor(s): Dilys Roe, Joanna Elliott, Chris Sandbrook, Matt Walpole

Published Online: 19 NOV 2012 10:46PM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470674796

Online ISBN: 9781118428351

DOI: 10.1002/9781118428351

Series Editor(s): Ward Cooper

About this Book

Biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation are both important societal goals demanding increasing international attention. While they may seem to be unrelated, the international policy frameworks that guide action to address them make an explicit assumption that conserving biodiversity  will help to tackle global poverty. Part of the Conservation Science and Practice Series published with the Zoological Society of London, this book explores the validity of that assumption. The book addresses a number of critical questions: 

  • Which aspects of biodiversity are of value to the poor?
  • Does the relationship between biodiversity and poverty differ according to particular ecological conditions?
  • How do different conservation interventions vary in their poverty impacts?
  • How do distributional and institutional issues affect the poverty impacts of interventions?
  • How do broader issues such as climate change and the global economic system affect the biodiversity - poverty relationship at different scales?

This volume will be of interest to policy-makers, practitioners and researchers concerned with understanding the potential - and limitations - of integrated approaches to biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Poverty – The Potential for Synergies

    1. Chapter 2

      The Potential, Realised and Essential Ecosystem Service Benefits of Biodiversity Conservation (pages 21–35)

      Will R. Turner, Katrina Brandon, Thomas M. Brooks, Claude Gascon, Holly K. Gibbs, Keith Lawrence, Russell A. Mittermeier and Elizabeth R. Selig

  2. Part II: Biodiversity and Poverty Relationships in Different Ecological Settings

  3. Part III: Poverty Impacts of Different Conservation Interventions

  4. Part IV: Distributional and Institutional Issues

  5. Part V: Biodiversity and Poverty Relationships in the Context of Global Challenges

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