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The rate of extinction of biological species is greater today than at any time in the last 65 millions years--threatening two-thirds of all living species within the next century. Contributors to this volume provide workable solutions that can be implemented regionally, nationally, and locally to counteract the problem.
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Editorial Reviews

Tulsa World
Guruswamy and McNeely have produced a landmark book which will help launch the global debate of how we might-and indeed must-conserve the world's biodiversity.
Northeastern Naturalist
In response to the increasingly alarming rate of species extinctions today, this book presents a timely overview of workable solutions to the problem. A surprisingly broad perspective of the complex biological, legal, sociological, and even moral issues involved. Interesting chapter on the commercialization of indigenous genetic resources as conservation and development policy. A consensus building book!
Environment International
This book contains the views of various advocates on a highly contentious issue. Those who are interested on the views of various advocacy organizations on this issue would benefit from reading this book.
Colorado Journal of Environmental law
Protection of Global Biodiversity goes beyond the borders of the United States and the species-protection paradigm of the Endangered Species Act to provide an intriguing interdisciplinary examination of the problem of global biodiversity. . . . The book is a collection of essays in which the ideas concerning how and why to protect biodiversity from the physical and social sciences are interwoven with ideas based in law and philosophy. The synthesis is ultimately and effectively used to suggest practicable policies and effective laws. . . . [T]he greatest value of the book for those versed in the law are the essays discussing science, economics, social theory, and philosophy underlying the methods and reasons for protecting biodiversity. The book's usefulness is in expanding horizons: effective preservation strategies must not run contrary to the principles discoverable by the differing fields.
Environmental Conservation
This book weaves a tapestry out of the collective wisdom of the disparate disciplines represented by the authors. [T]he real beauty of the tapestry derives from the bold pattern deriving from some of its more prominent strands.
From the Publisher
“Many passionate, inspiring appeals to ‘save’ the environment offer no clue as to how it should be accomplished. This book, therefore, is a significant contribution to understanding the magnitude of the problem and the obstacles to its solution.”—Lynton Keith Caldwell, Indiana University

“This book covers an enormous span of issues and disciplinary perspectives. Especially welcome is the authors’ efforts to address the moral and ethical aspects of this important topic.”—Walter A. Rosenbaum, University of Florida

“This collection covers an impressive range of —a great deal of information not readily available is finally concentrated in one place. And it is presented by an unusual and successful mix of practitioners and theorists, policymakers and academics, natural scientists and humanities scholars.”—Benedict Kingsbury, Duke University School of Law

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822321880
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Lakshman D. Guruswamy is Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa and Director of the National Energy-Environmental Law and Policy Institute.

Jeffrey A. McNeely is the Chief Scientist of the World Conservation Union (IUCN).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Identifying the Problem: An Overview
Biological Extinction: Its Scope and Meaning for Us 13
Biodiversity and Public Policy: The Middle of the Road 33
II Scientific Responses
Biotechnology Can Help Reduce the Loss of Biodiversity 49
Agricultural Industrialization and the Loss of Biodiversity 66
An Ex Situ "Library of Life" Strategy 87
III Economic Responses
Sustainable Development and North-South Trade 101
Markets and Biodiversity 118
The Commercialization of Indigenous Genetic Resources as Conservation and Development Policy 129
IV Institutional Responses
Scales, Polycentricity, and Incentives: Designing Complexity to Govern Complexity 149
Halting the Loss of Biodiversity: International Institutional Measures 168
Rewarding Local Communities for Conserving Biodiversity: The Case of the Honey Bee 180
International Research on Crop Plants: Strategies for Utilizing Biotechnology and Proprietary Products 190
Tha Mayagna Indigenous Community of Nicaragua: Moving from Conflict to a Convergence of Interests 202
Biodiversity Prospecting Frameworks: The INBio Experience in Costa Rica 223
V Moral Responses
Biological Resources and Endangered Species: History, Values, and Policy 247
On the Uses of Biodiversity 265
VI Legal Implementation
What to Do about Biodiversity: The Earth's Biological Riches in Law and Economics 287
Aspects of Intellectual Property in Biotechnology: Some European Legal Perspectives 316
Animals as Inventions: Biotechnology and Intellectual Property Rights 331
The Convention on Biological Diversity: A Polemic 351
Transformative Possibilities: Reinventing the Convention on Biological Diversity 360
Conclusion: How to Save the Biodiversity of Planet Earth 376
Appendix 393
Contributors 415
Index 421
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