In the past decade, the growing realization that biodiversity and human wellbeing are inextricably linked has led to the adoption of numerous environmental policies. The concept of the Green Economy has gained particular attention as an economic system where growth is possible within environmental limits. The preservation of ecosystem services and the halt of biodiversity loss are identified as key pillars of the Green Economy.

Despite the concept’s momentum there is still no clear understanding of how biodiversity fits within a Green Economy. In the current debate, biodiversity is rarely acknowledged in economic sectors other than agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, and when it is acknowledged biodiversity and its conservation feature more as buzzwords than as concrete and tangible components of the Green Economy. This book aims to identify, understand and offer pragmatic recommendations of how biodiversity conservation can become an agent of green economic development.

This book establishes ways to assess biodiversity’s contributions to the economy and to meaningfully integrate biodiversity concerns in green-economy policies.

chapter 1|16 pages

Biodiversity in the Green Economy

Setting the stage

part I|99 pages

Understanding the intricate interplays between biodiversity and economic systems

chapter 2|13 pages

Biodiversity in the Green Economy

What biodiversity do we need?

chapter 4|33 pages

Uncovering hidden trade-offs in the Green Economy

Biodiversity and the manufacturing, transport and renewable energy sectors

chapter 5|22 pages

The multifaceted contribution of biodiversity to human well-being

Lessons from The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) initiative

part II|93 pages

Enhancing biodiversity conservation outside formally protected areas

chapter 8|19 pages

Guiding principles for green economic development in the marine environment

Insights from small-scale fisheries and marine protected areas

chapter 9|19 pages

Green Infrastructure

A bridging concept between biodiversity conservation and the Green Economy

part IV|93 pages

Transforming biodiversity governance at national and international level

chapter 13|20 pages

Biodiversity governance

A global perspective from the Convention on Biological Diversity

chapter 15|19 pages

Biodiversity and green governance in Brazil

Innovative solutions to target resources for conservation and equity

part |21 pages


chapter 17|19 pages

Biodiversity in the Green Economy

Concluding remarks and ways forward