Biodiversity and Democracy: Rethinking Nature and Society

Biodiversity and Democracy: Rethinking Nature and Society

By: Paul M. Wood (author)Paperback

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The world's species, genes, and ecosystems are going extinct at an alarming and unprecedented rate, largely as a result of human activities. If this trend continues, human civilization itself is at risk. Yet we remain either unaware or unconcerned. In Biodiversity and Democracy, Paul Wood looks at this dilemma from another perspective. He argues that the problem can be traced back to how we think about both biodiversity and democratic societies. He examines the concept of biodiversity, recasting it as an essential environmental condition that is being irreversibly depleted, not a biological resource that can simply be replaced. He then demonstrates how democratic policies cater to short-term public preferences, with little or no concern for the long term. Wood considers a number of contemporary theories of justice and concludes that biodiversity conservation is a legitimate constraint on current collective preferences and that biodiversity should be conserved, even if it is not in the public's current best interest to do so. This is a strong message that carries serious implications for constitutional and statutory legal reform in liberal democracies. This book will be of interest to academics and professionals in the related fields of conservation biology, environmental law, public policy, environmental ethics and political philosophy. Public interest groups, environmental advocacy groups and government agencies will also find Wood's approach thought-provoking.

About Author

Paul M. Wood is assistant professor in the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia.


Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: A View of the Landscape 2. Biodiversity: An Environmental Condition 3. The Failure of Utilitarianism 4. The Failure of Economic Efficiency 5. The Failure of Consensus among Stakeholders 6. The Case for the Priority of Biodiversity Conservation 7. The Cost of Biodiversity Conservation 8. Constitutional and Legal Implications References Appendices 1. Categories of Protected Areas 2. Levels of Protection: Summary of Current Practice Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780774806893
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780774806893
  • weight: 380
  • ISBN10: 0774806893

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