A Challenge for Development Research and Policy

  • Wilhelm Barthlott
  • Matthias Winiger
  • Nadja Biedinger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Clas M. Naumann
      Pages 3-11
    3. Dennis L. Meadows, Thomas S. Fiddaman
      Pages 33-40
  3. Biodiversity: Basis facts and trends

  4. Biodiversity in change

  5. Consequences for development and environmental policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
  6. Bolivia — A megadiversity country

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. The Biodiversity of Bolivia

    3. Sustainable Use of Biodiversity — Case Studies from the Andes

    4. Policy and the conservation of biodiversity

    5. Call for research and action

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 415-429

About this book


Biodiversity, sometimes simply understood as "diversity of species", is a specific quality of life on our planet, the dimensions and importance of which have just lately been fully realized. Today we know that "biological diversity is a global asset of incalculable value to present and future generations" (Kofi Annan). Biodiversity is spread unequally over the world: in fact, the main share of biological resources worldwide is harboured predominantly by the so-called developing countries in the tropics and sub tropics. Therefore, Biodiversity - A Challenge for Development Research and Policy was chosen as the title for an international conference which was held in Bonn in 1997 as one of the first major events organized by the then newly established North-South Centre for Development Research (ZEF) at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn (Germany). Since the ZEF, founded by the Senate of the University of Bonn in 1995, has played a central role in turning Bonn into a centre for international cooperation and North-South dialogue. The Centre is a product of the Bonn­ Berlin agreement of July 1994 which was adopted to offset the effects caused by the Parliament and much of the Government moving to Berlin. It fits in well with the double strategy to strengthen Bonn's position as an interna­ tional science arena and as an eminent place for development policy and the national and supranational agencies dealing with this issue.


Agenda 21 Conservation Natur Naturschutz Rio de Janeiro Umwelt biodiversity development ecology ecosystem environment nature organization species diversity sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Wilhelm Barthlott
    • 1
  • Matthias Winiger
    • 2
  • Nadja Biedinger
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of BotanyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Institute of GeographyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08370-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-06071-1
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