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Field Guide to Economics for Conservationists
First EditionBrendan Fisher; Robin Naidoo; Taylor Ricketts©2015
Why do conservationists need a field guide to economics on their shelves alongside the well-loved bird and plant guides?
Two reasons, really. First, the economic decisions people make every day are at the core of the world’s conservation issues: climate change, Amazonian deforestation, tiger poaching, vulture declines in Asia, and countless others. Second, and more importantly, an understanding of the economic forces behind these decisions can help conservationists safeguard biodiversity in a more sophisticated and effective way.
The authors use simple illustrations, examples from around the world, and readable (occasionally irreverent) prose to describe the central economic principles that are relevant to conservation. They assume no previous economic training. The book should prove an excellent resource for both teachers and students in conservation and ecology classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as for working scientists and others interested in learning more about conservation and economics.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction: Why Economics is Important for Conservation
Chapter 2: Opportunity Cost and Cost-Benefit Analysis: Why Conservation Often Loses out to Other Stuff
Chapter 3: The Economist’s Punch Line: Supply and Demand
Chapter 4: Ecosystem Services: The Economic-Ecological Sandwich
Chapter 5: Valuing the Environment
Chapter 6: Institutions: Capturing and Securing the Value of Nature
Chapter 7: Managing the Landscape: Economics and Conservation at Scale
Chapter 8: A Few Wrinkles and Time