Ecological theories and indicators in economic models of biodiversity loss and conservation: a critical review

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Abstract

We evaluate how well environmental-economic models describe biodiversity loss and conservation issues. Four types of economic models turn out to dominate economic research into biodiversity conservation. For each of these, we assess the extent to which they integrate relevant ecological theories and indicators of biodiversity loss. A main conclusion is that models with more economic detail contain less detailed descriptions of the ecological dynamics of biodiversity change. We provide suggestions for improving economic models of biodiversity conservation and discuss the advantages of using less stylised representations of ecological processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-293
Number of pages10
JournalEcological Economics
Volume61
Issue number2-3
Early online date6 Mar 2006
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007

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