Biodiversity, Human Well-Being, and Markets

Seth Binder, Stephen Polasky

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Biodiversity contributes to human well-being directly through provision of foods, fuels, and fibers, and indirectly through its role in enhancing ecosystem functions that lead to the provision of ecosystem services. Although market forces have often led to the loss of biodiversity, for cases where biodiversity contributes to human well-being, it is possible to design markets to provide incentives to conserve or enhance biodiversity. This article discusses ways in which biodiversity contributes to human well-being and ways in which markets could be used to enhance the maintenance of biodiversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Biodiversity
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780123847195
ISBN (Print)9780123847201
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem service
  • Ecotourism
  • Efficiency
  • Externalities
  • Goods and services
  • Human well-being
  • Incentives
  • Insurance
  • Market failure
  • Markets
  • Overyielding
  • Prices
  • Public good


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