This chapter presents the results of two empirical studies focusing on the degree

to which biodiversity influences local jurisdictions in Florida to adopt high quality

environmental plans. The first case measures the amount of biodiversity within local

jurisdictions and models its impact on the quality of comprehensive plans associated

with ecosystem management. The second case uses GIS to map and measure the

policies of neighboring jurisdictions in the southern part of Florida and better

understand how biodiversity and human disturbance of critical natural resources

affects the quality of these policies.