Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Conservation and Sustainable Development

  • Bila-Isia InogwabiniEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_270


The chapter discusses the linkages between biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Based on the three key principles of sustained extraction of natural resources based on scientific management, reduced wastage, and equity in redistribution of the yields, the chapter demonstrates that biodiversity conservation is part of the foundation on which sustainability is constructed.


Modern-day biodiversity conservation, as opposed to preserving biodiversity, can be genuinely traced back to the publication of the worldwidely prized The Limits to Growth by Meadows et al. in 1972. According to Inogwabini and Leader-Williams (2013), this volume predicted a gloomy future for humankind, prompted by our over-extraction of natural resources. Globally, humankind has gained an increasing interest in exploring the role that our species has played in shaping the ecosystems in which they live (Des Jardins 2001). Since then, conservation and environmental issues have...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Research and Communication in Sustainable Development (CERED), Faculty of Agricultural and Veterinary SciencesThe Jesuit Loyola University of CongoKinshasaCongo
  2. 2.Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesUppsalaSweden

Section editors and affiliations

  • Madhavi Venkatesan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA