Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Elena Casetta, Jorge Marques da Silva, Davide Vecchi
    Pages 1-17 Open Access
  3. Estimating Biodiversity: Data Collection and Monitoring Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Anouk Barberousse, Sophie Bary
      Pages 55-76 Open Access
    3. Anne Chenuil, Abigail E. Cahill, Numa Délémontey, Elrick Du Salliant du Luc, Hadrien Fanton
      Pages 77-106 Open Access
    4. Luís Borda-de-Água
      Pages 107-122 Open Access
    5. Vincenzo Crupi
      Pages 123-136 Open Access
    6. Cristina Branquinho, Helena Cristina Serrano, Alice Nunes, Pedro Pinho, Paula Matos
      Pages 137-163 Open Access
  4. Characterizing Biodiversity: Beyond the Species Approach

  5. Conserving Biodiversity: From Science to Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. Yves Meinard, Sylvain Coq, Bernhard Schmid
      Pages 353-374 Open Access
    3. Sahotra Sarkar
      Pages 375-399 Open Access
    4. Andrea Borghini
      Pages 415-433 Open Access
    5. Markku Oksanen, Timo Vuorisalo
      Pages 435-452 Open Access

About this book


This open access book features essays written by philosophers, biologists, ecologists and conservation scientists facing the current biodiversity crisis. Despite increasing communication, accelerating policy and management responses, and notwithstanding improving ecosystem assessment and endangered species knowledge, conserving biodiversity continues to be more a concern than an accomplished task. Why is it so? 
The overexploitation of natural resources by our species is a frequently recognised factor, while the short-term economic interests of governments and stakeholders typically clash with the burdens that implementing conservation actions imply. But this is not the whole story. This book develops a different perspective on the problem by exploring the conceptual challenges and practical defiance posed by conserving biodiversity, namely: on the one hand, the difficulties in defining what biodiversity is and characterizing that “thing” to which the word ‘biodiversity’ refers to; on the other hand, the reasons why assessing biodiversity and putting in place effective conservation actions is arduous.


Biodiversity Conservation Policies Biodiversity Definition Biodiversity Levels Biodiversity Representations Biodiversity Units Biological Integrity Cryptic Species Descriptive vs. Normative Disparity and Biodiversity Ecological Functions Ecosystem Services Estimating Biodiversity Estimating Biodiversity Ipbes Natural History Museums and Biodiversity Natural vs. Artificial Open Access Philosophy of Biodiversity Process-Based Approach to Biodiversity Species-Based Approach to Biodiversity

Editors and affiliations

  • Elena Casetta
    • 1
  • Jorge  Marques da Silva
    • 2
  • Davide Vecchi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and EducationUniversity of TurinTurinItaly
  2. 2.BioISI – Biosystems and Integrative Sciences Institute and Department of Plant Biology, Faculdade de CiênciasUniversidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal
  3. 3.Centro de Filosofia das Ciências, Departamento de História e Filosofia das Ciências, Faculdade de CiênciasUniversidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal

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