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Ecosystem Services and Global Trade of Natural Resources

Book Description

The utilization of natural resources to satisfy worldwide growing consumption of goods and services has severe ecological consequences. Aside from the projected doubling of food consumption in the next fifty years, the growing trade of biofuels and other commodities is a global challenge as the economic activities in the primary sector (i.e. mining, fisheries, aquaculture, forestry and agriculture) can damage biodiversity and ecosystem services. This should be taken into account in the decision-making affecting the global value chains linking consumer, retailer, processor, and producer in the North and the South.

To cover the topic of ecosystem services and global trade this book is organized into four major parts. Part 1 gives the theoretical framework from an ecological, economic and political perspectives. Part 2 explores how internationally traded biophysical commodities from agriculture, forestry and fisheries translates into a virtual flow of land, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. Part 3 describes how two widely used accounting tools (i.e., Life Cycle Assessment and Green National Accounts) deal with international aspects of ecosystem services, and Part 4 shows how instruments like labelling, bans, or payments for ecosystem services in the private and public sector can influence trade patterns and the management of ecosystem services.

This collection is a valuable contribution to the global change science dealing with ecosystem services. It illustrates the consequences of international trade on global ecosystem services and provides an overview of accounting tools and of market-based policy instruments to address negative and positive externalities. The book is certainly innovative, because it brings together research findings from distinct disciplines especially Industrial Ecology and Ecosystem Sciences, as well as Environmental Economics and Political Science.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. List of figures
  7. List of tables
  8. List of contributors
  9. Preface and acknowledgements
  10. Abbreviations
  11. 1. Ecosystem services and global trade of natural resources: An introduction
  12. Part I: Foundations for understanding the trade of natural resources and its implication for ecosystem services
    1. 2. Global human dependence on ecosystem services
    2. 3. Economics of global trade and ecosystem services
    3. 4. International trade policies and ecosystem services
    4. 5. The need for global governance of ecosystem services: A Human-Environment Systems perspective on biofuel production
  13. Part II: Ecosystem impacts of global flows of virtual land, water and sea in the physical economy
    1. 6. Ecosystem impacts of virtual land use embodied in traded goods and services
    2. 7. Ecosystem impacts of virtual water embodied in global trade of agricultural products
    3. 8. Global trade of fisheries products: Implications for marine ecosystems and their services
  14. Part III: Accounting tools for global ecosystem services
    1. 9. Life Cycle Assessment and ecosystem services
    2. 10. Ecosystem services in green national accounting
  15. Part IV: Instruments for global governance of ecosystem services
    1. 11. Fair trade, environmental labels, bans and ecosystem services
    2. 12. International payments for ecosystem services: Principles and practices
    3. 13. International biodiversity offsets
    4. 14. Landscape Labeling: Combining certification with ecosystem service conservation at landscape scales
    5. 15. Governance of ecosystem services in a world of global trade: Conclusion and outlook
  16. Index