By Ke Chung Kim (editor), Robert D. Weaver (editor)
Worldwide environmental difficulties are even more serious and intricate than some of the public think. This publication explores the anomaly of humanity's dependence on biodiversity and panorama structures for survival whereas at the same time putting a major pressure at the lifestyles of those traditional structures. top individuals to the fields of biodiversity conservation, ecology, economics, entomology, forestry, heritage, panorama administration, philosophy and sociology draw from their certain disciplinary views to contemplate the origins, bases and attainable options to this urgent challenge. the amount exhibits that the necessity for an answer is likely one of the so much pressing dealing with humanity, but the problem of fixing it really is one who would require a tremendous shift within the composite of human values.
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With the impoverishment of biodiversity we are losing the most basic resources and related dynamic processes that support our own life-support system, much of our natural heritage, as well as unknown benefits of past evolutionary innovations (Myers, 1979b; Wilson, 1988). This also means that we are losing food resources, such as marine fish stocks and wild germplasms, and the material basis for all human activities and needs, such as agriculture, recreation (fishing and hunting), ecotourism, and forestry.
The chapters in this volume attest to the conclusion that it is paramount that humanity accepts the challenge to resolve the paradoxical relation between humanity and biodiversity. , Master, 1991; Soule, 1991). This effort will require a thorough reconsideration of humanity's relationship with biodiversity and the biosphere, which goes so far as to question the logic and appropriateness of human dominance where human control and prediction of the dynamics of impacted biological systems are infeasible.