Biodiversity and Ecosystem Insecurity provides an authoritative and comprehensive assessment of the threats presented to human security and well-being by the loss of ecosystems and biodiversity recently confirmed as one of the critical 'planetary boundaries' that has already been exceeded. Contributors examine the current trends and state of biodiversity globally, the drivers of biodiversity loss including climate change and economic and population pressures, and the mechanisms and policies needed for conserving and restoring biodiversity in the future. Strong emphasis is placed throughout on the fundamental importance of placing a realistic economic value on nature and the services that ecosystems provide if we are to manage our natural resources successfully; and also on the crucial role of international institutions and government policies achieving this goal. As the recent high-profile meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan, underlined, the scale and pace of the destruction of natural habitats and species imperil us all. This volume is an invaluable resource for conservationists, students and those in the private and public sectors concerned to redress the damage being done to the natural world.

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Part I: Drivers of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Loss

chapter 1|10 pages

What Are the Drivers Causing Loss of Biodiversity and Changes in Ecosystem Services?

ByRobert T. Watson, Peter Costigan

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Part II: Biodiversity Insecurity

chapter 2|12 pages

Biodiversity, Peace and Security

ByAhmed Djoghlaf

chapter 3|10 pages

Contributing to Resilience

ByJohan Rockström, Maria Schultz

chapter 5|10 pages

Coral Reefs

ByWolfgang Kiessling, Georg A. Heiss

chapter 6|16 pages

Preserving Life: Halting Marine Biodiversity Loss and Establishing Networks of Marine Protected Areas in 2010 and Beyond

ByMarjo Vierros, Biliana Cicin-Sain, Salvatore Arico, Christophe Lefebvre

chapter 7|8 pages

Forests: Thinking and Acting outside the Box

ByJan L. McAlpine

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Part III: Climate Change Biodiversity and Ecosystems

chapter 8|5 pages

Climate Change Means a Less Habitable Planet

ByThomas E. Lovejoy

chapter 9|8 pages

REDD+ as a Potentially Viable Solution to Biodiversity and Ecosystem Insecurity

ByYemi Katerere, Linda Rosengren, Lera Miles, Matea Osti

chapter 10|8 pages

Water and Biodiversity

ByGeorgia Destouni, Johan Kuylenstierna

chapter 11|8 pages

Mitigating Climate Change through Ecological Agriculture

ByLim Li Ching

chapter 13|11 pages

Vulnerable States

ByJon Hutton

chapter 14|11 pages

Permafrost Dynamics and Global Climate Change

ByN. A. Shpolianskaya

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Part IV: Governing Biodiversity

chapter 15|14 pages

Governance for Biodiversity: National Plans – the UK Experience

ByPeter Bridgewater with chapeau by Caroline Spelman MP

chapter 16|12 pages

Governing Biodiversity

ByFelix Dodds, Richard Sherman

chapter 17|10 pages

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) and Its Importance for Governing Biodiversity

ByPavan Sukhdev, Christoph Schröter-Schlaack

chapter 20|13 pages

Is ‘Biodiversity’ the Next ‘Climate Change’ for Business?

ByCraig Bennett

chapter 21|8 pages

A New Deal for Life

ByJean Lemire