The Root Causes of Biodiversity Loss
The world is losing species and biodiversity at an unprecedentedrate. The causes go deep and the losses are driven by a complexarray of social, economic, political and biological factors atdifferent levels. Immediate causes such as over-harvesting,pollution and habitat change have been well studied, but thesocioeconomic factors driving people to degrade their environmentare less well understood. This book examines the underlying causes.It provides analyses of a range of case studies from Brazil,Cameroon, China, Danube River Basin, India, Mexico, Pakistan,Philippines, Tanzania and Vietnam, and integrates them into a newand interdisciplinary framework for understanding what ishappening. From these results, the editors are able to derivepolicy conclusions and recommendations for operational andinstitutional approaches to address the root causes and reverse thecurrent trends. It makes a contribution to the understanding of allthose - from ecologists and conservationists to economists andpolicy makers - working on one of the major challenges we face.