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Foundations of Environmental SustainabilityThe Coevolution of Science and Policy$
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Larry Rockwood, Ronald Stewart, and Thomas Dietz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309454.001.0001

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Biodiversity Conservation in the Real World: Incentives, Disincentives, and Disconnects

Biodiversity Conservation in the Real World: Incentives, Disincentives, and Disconnects

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(p.268) 17 Biodiversity Conservation in the Real World: Incentives, Disincentives, and Disconnects
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Foundations of Environmental Sustainability
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Agnes Kiss

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309454.003.0018

This chapter addresses the question of why, when most agree that a healthy environment is essential to human health and well-being, we act in ways that degrade the environment on a daily basis. It identifies four human traits at the root of this disconnect between how we know we should act and how we actually act. It describes two major approaches to preventing environmental degradation in the developing world: (1) separating people from the biodiversity in question and (2) giving people incentives to protect the biodiversity.

Keywords:   environmental protection, conservation, biodiversity, well-being, incentives

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