Who speaks for the river? Exploring biodiversity accounting using an arena approach

Colin Dey, Shona Russell

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In confronting the unsustainability of human activity and attempting to defi ne a ‘safe operating space' for humanity, Rockström et al. (2009) estimate that biodiversity loss is one of nine planetary boundaries that have already been transgressed. The United Nations' Millennium Ecosystem Assessment has extensively documented the extent to which ecosystems have been rapidly altered and global biodiversity has been subject to negative change (UNEP, 2005). Concerns over ecosystem degradation have led to the emergence of international agreements, including the Convention on Biological Diversity (1992). These agreements seek to establish policy frameworks for biodiversity and encourage recognition of ecosystem services and biodiversity within decision-making (for example TEEB, 2009). A range of ecological indicators and economic analyses are being developed as metrics to account for biodiversity and to engage with policy-makers and businesses (TEEB, 2011, 2012), and forms of environmental reporting have been recognised as a potentially important means to recognise and measure the value of the natural environment (Thompson and Mackey, 2010; Mackey and Galbraith, 2011).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Accounting for Biodiversity
EditorsMichael Jones
PublisherTaylor and Francis Group
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781136222979, 9780203097472
ISBN (Print)9780415630634
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • General Social Sciences


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