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New Book by Visiting Professor

Bren visiting professor K.N. Ninan has a new book on the presses titled Conserving and Valuing Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity: Economic, Institutional and Social Challenges. Published by Earthscan in England and the U.S., the 336-page book comprehensively addresses the economic, social, and institutional difficulties in conserving biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides. With ecosystem services emerging as a hot topic of environmental economics, Ninan's book offers a timely and in-depth examination of the subject. The book features world experts addressing biodiversity and ecosystem services from various perspectives reflected in sections titled "Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Valuation"; "Incentives and Institutions"; "Governance"; "Intellectual Property Rights and Protection of Indigenous Knowledge"; and Climate Change, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services."

The foreword was written by United National Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme Achim Steiner, who describes the book as "essential reading for all those who wish to realize truly sustainable development in this new millennium."

"The justification for preserving biodiversity used to be in terms of use and non-use value," says Dr. Ninan, who spent a year and a half working on the book. "But now there is a third dimension — its importance as a source of ecosystem services that enhance quality of life for human beings. For instance, the so-called Millennium Development Goals' are hard to achieve unless we conserve biodiversity and the ecosystem services they provide."

The book is due out in mid-December and can be ordered from Earthscan Publishing at www.earthscan.co.uk.

A professor of ecological economics at the Institute for Social and Economic Change in Bangalore, India, Dr. Ninan has also served as a visiting faculty member or fellow at universities in France, the United Kingdom, and Japan.