Economic reasons for conserving wild nature

Balmford, Andrew, Bruner, Aaron, Cooper, Philip, Costanza, Robert, Farber, Stephen, Green, Rhys E., Jenkins, Martin, Jefferiss, Paul, Jessamy, Valma, Madden, Joah, Munro, Kat, Myers, Norman, Naeem, Shahid, Paavola, Jouni, Rayment, Matthew, Rosendo, Sergio, Roughgarden, Joan, Trumper, Kate and Turner, R. Kerry (2002) Economic reasons for conserving wild nature. Science, 297 (5583). pp. 950-953. ISSN 1095-9203

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On the eve of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, it is timely to assess progress over the 10 years since its predecessor in Rio de Janeiro. Loss and degradation of remaining natural habitats has continued largely unabated. However, evidence has been accumulating that such systems generate marked economic benefits, which the available data suggest exceed those obtained from continued habitat conversion. We estimate that the overall benefit:cost ratio of an effective global program for the conservation of remaining wild nature is at least 100:1.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE)
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Use of the Seas
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Snow
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2011 13:05
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 13:30
DOI: 10.1126/science.1073947

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