Land Use, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Integrity: The Challenge of Preserving Earth's Life Support System

Harte, John
February 2001
Ecology Law Quarterly;2001, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p929
Academic Journal
The protection of biodiversity is necessary to preserve Earth's life support system. Adoption of land use policies to achieve such protection arguably constitutes the greatest environmental challenge to this problem, nearly invisible to the public and refractory to traditional regulatory approaches, that the world will face this century. Although multiple reasons, both practical and moral, exist for caring about the accelerating rate of species and habitat loss. intrinsic characteristics of ecosystem degradation render environmental protection. The U.S. Endangered Species Act. along with public land protection, is necessary but not sufficient to preserve biodiversity. Private lands are a public value, requiring landscape-scale planning to preserve the public interest.


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