RESOURCES: The Business of Conservation

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Science  15 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5562, pp. 1979
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5562.1979b

This online library from the World Conservation Union (IUCN) is stuffed with papers, case studies, reports, abstracts, and other sources of information on the economics of preserving biodiversity. Organized into six categories–including valuation, incentives, and assessment–the offerings come from the IUCN itself and a range of outside experts and organizations, from the Inter-American Development Bank to the Nature Conservancy. Under the topic of biodiversity valuation, for example, there's an assessment of the costs and benefits of reintroducing lions into Pilanesberg National Park in southern Africa as well as a study of whether ecotourism could promote panda conservation in China. Along with a listing of noteworthy topics, each category also includes a calendar of upcoming events and a collection of useful links.

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