Biological diversity (or “biodiversity”) encompasses the number and variability of all living organisms both within a species (genetic diversity) as well as between species and ecosystems. Biodiversity has a value of its own (see the Preamble to the Convention on Biological Diversity; UNEP, 1992), but at the same time, through its various economic values, is an extensive resource that can be utilized by humankind (Pearce and Moran, 1994; Box 33). This explains why the continuing loss of biological diversity is now one of the central problems of global change (WCMC, 1992; WBGU, 1993).
Weitere Kapitel dieses Buchs durch Wischen aufrufen
- The Biodiversity Convention — The Implementation Is Yet to Come
German Advisory Council on Global Change(WBGU)
- Springer Berlin Heidelberg