The Business of Biodiversity

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WIT Press, 2009 - Science - 187 pages
The author has written The Business of Biodiversity in a readable style accessible to business people, academics,.NGOs and government. Tackling questions such as 'why is biodiversity important and how best to approach it?', the author not only examines the relationship between biodiversity and society and economy but also between biodiversity and business.
 

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Contents

11 What is biodiversity?
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112 How biodiversity got there
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113 Biodiversity and human development
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12 Why does biodiversity matter?
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122 Engines of creation
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124 A common destiny
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125 An evolving concept
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13 Biodiversity and business
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355 Hydrological poverty
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356 Biological wealth drying up
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36 Biodiversity in the balance
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363 Declining diversity
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364 Declining functionality
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37 Changing course
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372 Can business draw us back from the edge?
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41 So what can I do?
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132 Goods and services
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133 Goods and products
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135 The ethical dimension
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137 The business response
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138 Trading on biodiversity
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14 Benefits and burdens
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142 Present imperfect
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143 The tragedy of the commons
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144 Intergenerational equity
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145 The absolute value of biodiversity
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146 Internalising costs to biodiversity
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21 People and nature
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212 Population pressures
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213 Our industrial playthings
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214 Societys footprint
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215 Putting a price on biodiversity
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217 Humanity and biodiversity
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22 The business of business
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221 The origins of the Industrial Revolution
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222 Economics as the sole driver
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23 Biodiversity and sustainable development
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232 The evidence of biodiversity loss
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234 A brief history of conservation
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235 The origins of the concept of sustainable development
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236 Developing sustainably
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References
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24 The changing business agenda
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243 Biodiversity in the context of sustainable business
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244 Preparing for a changing world
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31 Biodiversity pushed too far
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32 All at sea
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323 DIY madness
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325 All at sea
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326 Subsidies fishing and biodiversity
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327 Hard lessons
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References
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33 Felling our future
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333 Subsidies forests and biodiversity
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334 Making the business case work
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34 Breaking ground
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342 Subsidies land use and biodiversity
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References
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35 Liquid assets
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353 Wetlands and groundwater
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42 Business close to biodiversity
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422 The wood from the trees
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423 Fishing for the future
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424 Trading for tomorrow
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425 Eating well
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426 The hole story
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427 So what can my business do?
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References
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43 One step removed
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432 Bound by natural limits
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433 A changing climate for business
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434 Taxing times
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435 Treading more lightly
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436 So what can my business do?
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References
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44 More distant from nature
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4412 Resource productivity
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4413 Business influence
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4414 Maximising biodiversity on landholdings
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4415 Stakeholder relationships
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4416 Corporate culture
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442 Practical actions and advantages
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443 So what can my business do?
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45 Empowering people and nature
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452 Products and services sympathetic with biodiversity
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453 Restoration of nature
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454 Investing in our future
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46 From action to strategy
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51 The business of biodiversity
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513 The tough get going
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References
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52 The business of sustainability
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522 Integrating economy ecology and society
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524 Becoming sustainable
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526 Biodiversity and sustainability
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References
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53 Restoration
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533 In balance
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535 Growing business
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61 Epilogue
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Some definitions of biodiversity
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Index
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