NEW BOOK: Vanishing Nature: facing New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis

Author(s): Marie A Brown, R T Theo Stephens, Raewyn Peart and Bevis Fedder

Title: Van­ish­ing Nature: fac­ing New Zealand’s bio­di­ver­sity crisis

Year: 2015

In: pub­lished by Envi­ron­men­tal Defence Soci­ety, New Zealand

Pages: ~200 pages

Pub­li­ca­tion type: book

Lan­guage: English


Addi­tional infor­ma­tion is avail­able in an arti­cle by Radio New Zealand National.


This full colour, soft cover pub­li­ca­tion is suit­able for both a gen­eral and a tech­ni­cal audi­ence with user friendly lan­guage and lots of images.

New Zealand’s remark­able indige­nous bio­di­ver­sity is frag­ile and it’s in cri­sis. Our eco­nomic insti­tu­tions pro­mote bio­di­ver­sity loss by not account­ing for envi­ron­men­tal costs and our laws and poli­cies are unable to pre­vent the result­ing ongo­ing losses. The design and imple­men­ta­tion of pol­icy and pro­grammes that safe­guard ecosys­tems require both an under­stand­ing of polit­i­cal, eco­nomic and social fac­tors influ­enc­ing bio­di­ver­sity pro­tec­tion as well as being founded on estab­lished eco­log­i­cal principles.

The book presents an exhaus­tive analy­sis of New Zealand’s bio­di­ver­sity loss and its con­ser­va­tion. The authors argue that the fun­da­men­tal dri­vers of harm as well as the bar­ri­ers to effec­tive pro­tec­tion must be addressed if we are to halt the loss of our native species and ecosys­tems and main­tain our nat­ural cap­i­tal. This will require novel eco­nomic insti­tu­tions designed to bring pri­vate and pub­lic inter­ests toward align­ment.  The book includes a com­pre­hen­sive suite of strate­gic, tac­ti­cal and prac­ti­cal solu­tions and fin­ishes with a vision and action plan that EDS is com­mit­ted to cham­pion in the com­ing years. Bio­di­ver­sity loss is not inevitable, it is a choice.

The Envi­ron­men­tal Defence Soci­ety sits at the inter­face of sci­ence and pol­icy, work­ing hard to influ­ence pol­i­tics and soci­ety to estab­lish more effec­tive sys­tems of envi­ron­men­tal governance.

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