Why conserve biodiversity?

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There are three overlapping reasons for conserving biodiversity: beauty, utility (function) and profit. The reasons 1) demonstrate the importance of conserving all levels of biodiversity, genes, species and ecosystems; 2) emphasize that the task of exploring biodiversity and discovering its multiple resource values, while massive, should not be avoided; and 3) incorporate the concept of intergenerational equity. The quality of life for an expanding human population with massive and increasing demands for biodiversity-based services and resources will be determined, in large part, by contemporary conservation policy and effort. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConserving biodiversity
Subtitle of host publicationthreats and solutions
EditorsR.A. Bradstock
PublisherSurrey Beatty & Sons
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0949324590
Publication statusPublished - 1995


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