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Ethics and Biodiversity

This report stems from discussions during the International Year of Biodiversity (2010) and the International Year of Forests (2011) under the Ethics and Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific (ECCAP) project. Adopting the definition of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the report reviews international law with attention to ethical aspects and analyses the concept of biodiversity as applied to genes, microbes, ecosystems and the planet as a whole. The report applies a variety of ethical approaches to human relationships to biodiversity and argues that human beings should modify their behaviour to slow the rate of biodiversity loss and protect biodiversity for current and future generations.

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Ethics and Biodiversity
Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2011, 93 p.

ISBN 978-92-9223-420-1 (Electronic version)