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- DescriptionIn recent years, scientists have begun to focus on the idea that healthy, functioning ecosystems provide essential services to human populations, ranging from water purification to food and medicine to climate regulation. Lacking a healthy environment, these services would have to be provided through mechanical means, at a tremendous ecomic and social cost. Nature and the Marketplace examines the controversial proposition that markets should be designed to capture the value of those services. Written by an ecomist with a background in business, it evaluates the real prospects for several of nature's marketable services to turn profits at levels that exceed the profits expected from alternative, ecologically destructive, business activities. The author: describes the infrastructure that natural systems provide, how we depend on it, and how we are affecting it; explains the market mechanism and how it can lead to more efficient resource use; looks at key ecomic activities - such as ecotourism, bioprospecting and carbon sequestration - where market forces can provide incentives for conservation; examines policy options other than the market, such as pollution credits and mitigation banking; and considers the issue of sustainability and equity between generations. Nature and the Marketplace presents an accessible introduction to the concept of ecosystem services to the ecomics of the environment. It offers a clear assessment of how market approaches can be used to protect the environment, and illustrates that with a number of cases in which the value of ecosystems has actually been captured by markets. The book offers a straightforward business ecomic analysis of conservation issues, eschewing romantic tions about ecosystem preservation in favour of real-world ecomic solutions. It should be an eye-opening work for professionals, students and scholars in conservation biology, ecology, environmental ecomics, environmental policy and related fields.
- Author BiographyGeoffrey Heal is the Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York, and co-author of <i>Economic Theory and Exhaustible Resources </i>(Cambridge, 1980).
- Author(s)Geoffrey Heal
- PublisherIsland Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2000
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintIsland Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight308 g
- Width155 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine12 mm
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