Biodiversity policy beyond economic growth

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Publication sub-type
Review (review): journal as complete as possible of one specific subject, written based on exhaustive analyses from published work.
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Title
Biodiversity policy beyond economic growth
Journal
Conservation Letters
Author(s)
Otero Iago, Farrell Katharine N., Pueyo Salvador, Kallis Giorgos, Kehoe Laura, Haberl Helmut, Plutzar Christoph, Hobson Peter, García-Márquez Jaime, Rodríguez-Labajos Beatriz, Martin Jean-Louis, Erb Karl-Heinz, Schindler Stefan, Nielsen Jonas, Skorin Teuta, Settele Josef, Essl Franz, Gómez-Baggethun Erik, Brotons Lluís, Rabitsch Wolfgang, Schneider François, Pe'er Guy
ISSN
1755-263X
Publication state
Published
Issued date
13/04/2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Pages
e12713
Language
english
Abstract
Increasing evidence—synthesized in this paper—shows that economic growth contributes to biodiversity loss via greater resource consumption and higher emissions. Nonetheless, a review of international biodiversity and sustainability policies shows that themajority advocate economic growth. Since improvements in resource use efficiency have so far not allowed for absolute global reductions in resource use and pollution, we question the support for economic growth in these policies, where inadequate attention is paid to the question of how growth can be decoupled from biodiversity loss. Drawing on the literature about alternatives to economic growth, we explore this contradiction and suggest ways forward to halt global biodiversity decline. These include policy proposals to move beyond the growth paradigm while enhancing overall prosperity, which can be implemented by combining top-down and bottom-up governance across scales. Finally,we call the attention of researchers and policy makers to two immediate steps: acknowledge the conflict between economic growth and biodiversity conservation in future policies; and explore socioeconomic trajectories beyond economic growth in the next generation of biodiversity scenarios.
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13/07/2020 16:25
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