Biodiversity, Sustainability and Human Communities: by Tim O'Riordan, Susanne Stoll-Kleemann

By Tim O'Riordan, Susanne Stoll-Kleemann

The speed at which the planet is wasting its biodiversity, the results of this loss, and attainable treatments are the topic of a lot public and educational debate. This ebook indicates how biodiversity should be safe during the involvement of neighborhood groups. The authors recommend that strict defense of threatened parts needs to be mixed with involvement through neighborhood economies and societies. The publication examines the adventure of areas worldwide the place this method has been attempted, drawing upon the insights of political scientists, economists and social psychologists.

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It is even more imperative to conduct full assessments of any deliberate introductions, and to ensure that the requisite funds for monitoring are guaranteed over a long period of time. Monitoring as an early warning device is also a vital function that can be employed by trained amateurs and ‘folk awareness’ as much as by ‘formal’ scientific investigations. Integrating the two forms of monitored biodiversity change is the name of the game. Genetic pathology in biodiversity could become a critical variable in the future management of healthy ecosystems.

And we can create whole new landscapes of biodiversity, designed for resilience against invasion and climate change, so that sustainable economies and societies can flourish in resplendently fresh habitats. There is no magic formula. All of these policies are possible, side by side, connected by corridors and social inclusion, and by the spirit of joy in sharing and redesigning the planet. Postscript: a changing world order This chapter is written in the unfolding aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.

So there is no coherent solution to protecting beyond the protected, no template of management styles of universal application. What is evident is that stewarding biodiversity requires a culture change and a policy shift of huge proportions. We now know enough to be reasonably sure of what mix of transformational practices or outlooks and funding investments is required to protect the protected. To achieve the combination of healthy societies in life-supporting ecosystems, and to do so fairly, tolerantly and inclusively, is one of the most fundamental requirements for the future of a sustainable society on this amazing planet.

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