Tropical Forests and Biodiverstity Protections

Tropical Forests and Biodiverstity Protections - avoiding...

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Tropical Forests and Biodiversity Protections 300 Rice Hall: 1:30-2:30 A. Review: the 6 th extinction B. Motives for protecting biodiversity 1. Economic reasons a. Approaches for estimating economic value of species and biodiversity: replacement cost method (cost of replacing a service proved by wild species), Hedonic price method (compare market prices across situations which differ in the provision of those services – e.g. food production), Contingent valuation method (ask people how much they would be prepared to pay for some benefit of biodiversity) b. Examples c. Reasons: potential future benefits of biodiversity (pharmaceutical biochemicals),
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Unformatted text preview: avoiding irreversible changes and possible risks, including threats to ecosystem stability (keystone), recreational and other current benefits 2. Non-economic reasons a. Argument from amazement b. The Noah principle C. Tropical Forest 1. General a. Distribution b. Ownership 2. Current rates of tropical forest cutting 3. Crystal ball: future trends 4. Views from the rainforest D. What causes tropical forest clearing? E. Preserving tropical forests 1. General: conflict between biodiversity protection and poverty reduction 2. Parks and paper parks...
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