Journal Article

Biodiversity, poverty, and development

Charles Palmer and Salvatore Di Falco

in Oxford Review of Economic Policy

Published on behalf of The Oxford Review of Economic Policy Ltd

Volume 28, issue 1, pages 48-68
Published in print January 2012 | ISSN: 0266-903X
Published online March 2012 | e-ISSN: 1460-2121 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/grs008
Biodiversity, poverty, and development

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Biodiversity is crucial for the production of a range of marketed and non-marketed ecosystem goods and services. This paper reviews the empirical evidence for the role of terrestrial biodiversity and biodiversity conservation in economic development and poverty, at both the macro (e.g. country) and micro (e.g. farm) scales. It first examines general relationships between biodiversity and economic development before showing how biodiversity influences ecosystem services. Second, future scenarios and challenges for biodiversity and development are examined, given projections for further changes in global population, economic growth, and consumption. Third, the relationship between biodiversity protection and incomes is investigated. Two specific policies, protected areas and bioprospecting, are reviewed with respect to their impacts on the welfare of the resource-dependent poor. In conclusion, improvements in policy design and implementation could help minimize the possibility of earth’s sixth mass extinction event, at least within a few generations, while ensuring that the poor are not made worse off as a result of policy implementation.

Keywords: agriculture; biodiversity; conservation; development; poverty; resources; Q00; Q1; Q2; Q5; O1

Journal Article.  10597 words. 

Subjects: Environmental Economics ; Agricultural, Environmental, and Natural Resource Economics ; Renewable Resources and Conservation ; Economic Development ; Agricultural Economics

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