Valuing Biodiversity

Traditional cultures put a high value on biodiversity and ecosystems, because they derive direct benefit from them (food, shelter, medicines etc). However, our industrialised civilisation has become divorced from nature and no longer values it, despite deriving huge benefit in terms of ecosystem services (clean air, water, pollination of crops etc) and providing the basis for our developed world (food and medicine). Biodiversity carries little or no economic value in our economically driven world, and therefore loses out when decisions come down to economic growth, yet we are critically endangering the very systems that support us.

How can we value biodiversity and ecosystems within the capitalist paradigm? How can we renew our contact with and appreciation of biodiversity?

How can ethics, religion, philosophy, psychology and health science reorientate our thinking on the value of biodiversity and ecosystems?


About Prof Andy Lowe

Prof Andy Lowe is a British-Australian scientist and expert on plants and trees, particularly the monitoring, management and utilisation of genetic, biological and ecosystem resources. He has discovered new species, lost forests, championed to eliminate illegally logged timber in global supply chains, served the UN’s Office of Drugs and Crime and has been responsible for securing multi-million dollar research funding. He is an experienced and respected executive leader, as well as mid-career mentor. Andy is the inaugural Director of Food Innovation at the University of Adelaide serving as the external face for all significant food industry and government sectors across South Australia, and the world.
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