Chapter 13. Conservation Policy and Politics

  1. William J. Sutherland Professor of Biology
  1. Graham Wynne

Published Online: 14 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444313499.ch13

Conservation Science and Action

Conservation Science and Action

How to Cite

Wynne, G. (1998) Conservation Policy and Politics, in Conservation Science and Action (ed W. J. Sutherland), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444313499.ch13

Editor Information

  1. School of Biological Sciences, University of East, Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK

Author Information

  1. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The Lodge, Sandy SG19 2DL, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 1998

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780865427624

Online ISBN: 9781444313499



  • conservation policy and politics;
  • policy challenge and protection of environment;
  • flow diagram showing role of ‘policy’ in determining state of environment;
  • The Stockholm Conference - United Nations Conference on the Human Environment;
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP);
  • Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (the Rio Declaration);
  • Convention on Biological Diversity;
  • precautionary principle - policy makers proceeding cautiously;
  • biodiversity planning;
  • strategic environmental assessment (SEA)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Biodiversity planning

  • policy tools: influencing behaviour

  • Legal instruments

  • Economic instruments

  • Bringing about change

  • Conclusions