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The Economics of Biological Invasions
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The Economics of Biological Invasions

9781840643787 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Charles Perrings, Professor of Environmental Economics, Vice-Chair, Diversitas, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, US, Mark Williamson, Professor Emeritus of Biology, University of York, UK and Silvana Dalmazzone, Assistant Professor of Economic Policy, University of Turin, Italy
Publication Date: 2000 ISBN: 978 1 84064 378 7 Extent: 264 pp
The growth of international trade and travel means that more species are being introduced to more places than ever before. This book represents the first concerted effort to understand the economic causes and consequences of biological invasions. The volume discusses the theoretical and methodological issues raised by invasion, including control strategies, modelling options, and a study of the economic, institutional and policy conditions that predispose countries to biological invasions. Also included are case studies of fisheries, agricultural systems, tropical forests and protected areas affected by invasive species in locations such as the Black Sea, Australia and Africa, and an evaluation of control programmes.

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Biological invasions – the introduction of living organisms beyond their original range – are one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss. They are a major threat to human health and a source of pests and pathogens in the world’s farms, forests and fisheries.

The growth of international trade and travel means that more species are being introduced to more places than ever before. This book represents the first concerted effort to understand the economic causes and consequences of biological invasions. The volume discusses the theoretical and methodological issues raised by invasion, including control strategies, modelling options, and a study of the economic, institutional and policy conditions that predispose countries to biological invasions. Also included are case studies of fisheries, agricultural systems, tropical forests and protected areas affected by invasive species in locations such as the Black Sea, Australia and Africa, and an evaluation of control programmes.

The Economics of Biological Invasions provides an important first step towards codification of the advice needed to develop decision rules, tools and protocols for the effective management of invasive biological species.

This volume will be a fascinating read for researchers, academics and students in ecology, economics and environmental science with an interest in the biodiversity problem. The book will also prove to be essential reading for policymakers responsible for health, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and the environment in both developed and developing countries.
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‘. . . anyone interested in biological invasions will learn from this book, and many readers may be inspired to further consideration of economic aspects of invasions.’
– Daniel Simberloff, Biodiversity and Conservation

‘An interesting book catering perhaps for a more specific audience. It does however provide a somewhat new view of the problems of the field of biological invasions and is worth the effort.’
– Ann Sundqvist, M2 Best Books

‘Once again, Charles Perrings and colleagues have broken new ground by applying economic and ecological analysis to the very real problem of biological invasions. This is path-breaking work in what promises to be a new sub-discipline within environmental economics.’
– David Pearce, University College London, UK
Contributors
Contributors: E.B. Barbier, S. Dalmazzone, D. Delfino, P.M. Dowling, R.P. Freckleton, D. Greathead, B. Heydenrych, G. Hill, V. Kasulo, D. Knowler, J.C. Lovett, H.A. Mooney, G. Newton-Cross, C. Perrings, J.F. Shogren, P.J. Simmons, J. Turpie, A.R. Watkinson, P.C.L. White, M. Williamson
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Contents: Preface 1. Introduction Part I: Analysis 2. Economic Factors Affecting Vulnerability to Biological Invasions 3. Infectious Diseases as Invasives in Human Populations 4. Risk Reduction Strategies Against the ‘Explosive Invader’ 5. The Economics of an Invading Species 6. Weed Invasions of Australian Farming Systems Part II: Case Studies 7. An Introduced Disease in an Invasive Host 8. Invasive Species in Tropical Rain Forests 9. Economic Consequences of Alien Infestation of the Cape Floral Kingdom’s Fynbos Vegetation 10. The Impact of Invasive Species in African Lakes 11. Economic Evaluation in Classical Biological Control Part III: Conclusions 12. Conclusions Index
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