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A Singular Concept of Biodiversity Remains the Best Way to Address the Plural Values of Nature in Conservation Planning

Theory and Method in Biosciences, Charles Perkins Centre, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Academic Editor: Antoni Margalida
Received: 31 October 2021 / Revised: 30 November 2021 / Accepted: 30 November 2021 / Published: 1 December 2021
The term “biodiversity” generally refers to living variation. Biodiversity has recognized anthropocentric values of insurance and investment. Values of “nature” include those of biodiversity and also many other aspects reflecting the scope of human-nature relationships. Systematic conservation planning methods can integrate this range of local to global values. Early case studies in Australia and Papua New Guinea show the potential for such approaches. Recently, there have been calls for a recasting of the concept of biodiversity to capture plurality of values. However, balance among sometimes conflicting values of nature is best-served by a singular biodiversity concept and definition focused on variety, because this enables effective integration with other values of nature. Attempts at pluralistic recastings of biodiversity in fact may promote neglect of global biodiversity values. Further, an extended analysis of the Papua New Guinea case study shows that it cannot be argued that focusing on localized values of nature for conservation will effectively address regional/global scale conservation needs. View Full-Text
Keywords: biodiversity; pluralism; systematic conservation planning; Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; IPBES; biodiversity option value; Papua New Guinea; multi-criteria analysis biodiversity; pluralism; systematic conservation planning; Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; IPBES; biodiversity option value; Papua New Guinea; multi-criteria analysis
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Faith, D.P. A Singular Concept of Biodiversity Remains the Best Way to Address the Plural Values of Nature in Conservation Planning. Conservation 2021, 1, 342-349. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/conservation1040026

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Faith DP. A Singular Concept of Biodiversity Remains the Best Way to Address the Plural Values of Nature in Conservation Planning. Conservation. 2021; 1(4):342-349. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/conservation1040026

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Faith, Daniel P. 2021. "A Singular Concept of Biodiversity Remains the Best Way to Address the Plural Values of Nature in Conservation Planning" Conservation 1, no. 4: 342-349. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/conservation1040026

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