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1 Biodiversity, Stability and Sustainability: An Appraisal Chapter 4 in Clement A. Tisdell (1999) BIODIVERSITY, CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Principles and Practices with Asian Examples Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA [ISBN: 1 85898 735 0] Introduction to Chapter 4 As mentioned in the previous chapter, several authors stress the importance of biological diversity for the sustainability of ecosystems and individual species and, therefore, for the maintenance of the stream of services (economic and otherwise) which they provide, and for the continuing satisfaction of values which some individuals espouse. Given that biodiversity is an important natural asset, it is worthwhile exploring the extent to which species survival and ecosystem functioning is dependent on the presence of biodiversity. In the previous chapter, the naive GAIA principle was rejected, but nevertheless, it was suggested that biodiversity is an important part of natural capital and plays a pivotal role in sustaining economic production and human welfare. Yet we should not accept the idea completely without subjecting
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