Land Use and Biodiversity

Stone, Christopher D.
February 2001
Ecology Law Quarterly;2001, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p967
Academic Journal
Efforts to arrest biodiversity depletion are hampered by a number of factors beyond low public salience, These include uncertainty as to how to measure "biodiversity" and its loss, and as to the costs and benefits of various responses. Moreover, an ideal response requires widespread multilateral cooperation, which, in the light of diverging national priorities, is difficult to achieve. This paper therefore presents a menu of possible reforms in the relevant legal-institutional framework that could be deployed to temper the rate of biodiversity decline. The strategic variables include, among others, subsidy practices, real property protection, intellectual property law, trade laws, host nation ownership rights, land use restrictions, and taxes.


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