WIT Press


Does Biodiversity Matter? Implementing The Principles Of Ecosystem Management In Florida

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SPD030301

Volume

67

Pages

12

Published

2003

Size

621.07 kb

Author(s)

S.D. Brody

Abstract

Does biodiversity matter? Implementing the principles of ecosystem management in Florida S. D. Brody Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, TXA&M University, US. A. Abstract The protection of biological diversity (hereafter biodiversity) is considered one of the findamental goals for the sustainable management of ecological systems. This article examines how existing levels of biodiversity influence ecosystem capabilities at the local level. Specifically, it tests the effects of biodiversity and the degree of threat to biodiversity on the quality of local comprehensive plans in Florida as measured by the ability to manage ecosystems. Regression analysis indicates that areas of high biodiversity do not stimulate planners to adopt hgher-quality plans. Instead, human disturbance or threats to existing levels of biodiversity are the most significant factors in driving ecosystem plan quality. Based on the results, the article discusses implications for policy and plan making. 1 Int

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