Why do conservationists need a field guide to economics on their shelves alongside the well-loved bird and plant guides?
Two reasons, really. First, the economic decisions people make every day are at the core of the world's conservation issues: climate change, Amazonian deforestation, tiger poaching, vulture declines in Asia, and countless others. Second, and more importantly, an understanding of the economic forces behind these decisions can help conservationists safeguard biodiversity in a more sophisticated and effective way.
The authors use simple illustrations, examples from around the world, and readable (occasionally irreverent) prose to describe the central economic principles that are relevant to conservation. They assume no previous economic training. The book should prove an excellent resource for both teachers and students in conservation and ecology classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as for working scientists and others interested in learning more about conservation and economics.
Publisher: W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 11 mm
"Clear, informative and hilarious. This is a must-read for anyone in conservation who knows they need to overcome their fear of economics." Andrew Balmford, University of Cambridge
"Conservationists definitely need to understand economics, now more than ever. I cannot think of a better team than Fisher, Naidoo and Ricketts to provide the necessary background and insights." --Georgina Mace, University College London
"This excellent and highly accessible book shows why economics is vital to understanding both the causes and potential solutions to the ongoing loss of wild nature. It is also the only economics textbook to ever (intentionally) make me laugh!" Ian Bateman, University of East Anglia
"Finally, a clear and approachable introduction to economics for students in conservation, natural resources, and sustainability. Where was this book when I was in school?" Gretchen Daily, Stanford University
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