Biodiversity Conservation: Economics, Gains and Costs in China Illustrated by Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve, Yunnan Report as inadecuate




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Considerable loss of biodiversity has been occurring in China as in most developing countries and threats to biodiversity are increasing because of China's rapid rate of economic growth. China is therefore developing and considering plans and policies, with assistance from international- organisations such as the World Bank, to improve its wildlife programs systematically. However, still being a low-income country, China must carefully weigh up the economic benefits and costs, of its biodiversity conservation program- and design it to generate as much economic benefit as possible without compromising its conservation objectives. Such considerations are especially important at the local level to gain local support for conservation measures and maintain or increase local standards of living. This is illustrated by Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve in southwest China. Policy-makers recognise the importance of integrating conservation within this Reserve with harmonious economic development in the prefecture in which it is located and reject the isolated ‘island’ concept of conservation planning. Such an approach calls for regional•integration of economic development and conservation and will make for greater sustainability of conservation programs. Prospects for sustaining biodiversity in China• will be heavily influenced by socio-political factors which in tum can be expected to reflect economic considerations.

Keywords: biodiversity loss ; China ; Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve

Subject(s): Environmental Economics and Policy

International Development

Issue Date: 2013-01-21T02:08:22Z

Publication Type: Working or Discussion Paper

DOI and Other Identifiers: ISSN: 1321 6619 (Other)

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/143115

Total Pages: 14

Series Statement: Working Papers on Biodiversity Conservation: Studies in its Economics and Management, Mainly in Yunnan China

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Record appears in: University of Queensland > School of Economics > Biodiversity Conservation: Studies in its Economics and Management, Mainly in Yunnan China





Author: Tisdell, Clement A. ; Zhu, Xiang

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/143115?ln=en







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