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Computational Management Science

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 353–364 | Cite as

Ecological-economic modelling for the sustainable management of biodiversity

  • L. DoyenEmail author
  • A. Cissé
  • S. Gourguet
  • L. Mouysset
  • P.-Y. Hardy
  • C. Béné
  • F. Blanchard
  • F. Jiguet
  • J.-C. Pereau
  • O. Thébaud
Original Paper

Abstract

Terrestrial and marine biodiversity provides the basis for both ecosystems functioning and numerous commodities or services that underpin human well-being. From several decades, alarming trends have been reported worldwide for both biodiversity and ecosystem services. Therefore the sustainable management of biodiversity requires a double viewpoint balancing ecological conservation with the welfare of human societies. Understanding the underlying trade-offs, synergies and interactions imposes the development of interdisciplinary researches and methods. In that respect, bio-economic or ecological economic modeling is likely to play a major role. The present paper intends to elicit the key features, strengths and challenges of bio-economic approaches especially in mathematical and computational terms. It first recall the main bio-economic methods, models and decisional instruments used in these types of analyses. Then the paper shows to what extent bio-economic sustainability lies between equilibrium, viability and optimality mathematical frameworks. It ends up by identifying new major challenges among which the operationalization of ecosystem based management, the precautionary principle and the implementation of governance are especially important.

Keywords

Ecological economics Modeling Sustainability Biodiversity  Public policy Criterion Equilibrium Optimality Viability 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work has been carried out with the financial support of the ANR (French National Research Agency) through the ADHOC and FARMBIRD programs. The support from IHP (Institut Henri Poincaré) in Paris during the trimester “mathematics of bio-economics” in the framework of Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 initiative was important.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Doyen
    • 1
    • 5
    Email author
  • A. Cissé
    • 7
  • S. Gourguet
    • 1
    • 3
  • L. Mouysset
    • 6
  • P.-Y. Hardy
    • 1
  • C. Béné
    • 4
  • F. Blanchard
    • 7
  • F. Jiguet
    • 1
  • J.-C. Pereau
    • 5
  • O. Thébaud
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.CNRS-MNHNParisFrance
  2. 2.Département d’Economie MaritimeIFREMER, UMR AMUREPlouzanèFrance
  3. 3.CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric ResearchDutton ParkAustralia
  4. 4.Institute of Development StudiesSussex UniversityBrightonUK
  5. 5.GREThAUniversity Montesquieu Bordeaux IVPessacFrance
  6. 6.Department of Land EconomyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  7. 7.IFREMERLaboratoire Ressources Halieutiques de GuyaneGuyaneFrance

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