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5.0 von 5 Sternen For Environmental Lawyers...., 16. Januar 2014
Phillip Taylor (Richmond Upon Thames, England) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Biodiversity and Climate Change: Linkages at International, National and Local Levels (The Iucn Academy of Environmental Law) (Gebundene Ausgabe)

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Environmental lawyers, particularly those who practice internationally will appreciate the diverse insights into biodiversity and climate change contained in this book. Recently published as part of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Series from Edward Elgar, the book presents the work of twenty-one expert contributors from around the world, each focusing on the complex issues of linking biodiversity with climate change, with a view to tackling biodiversity loss with a range of innovative solutions via environmental law.

Biodiversity, which of course refers to the diversity of all life on earth, obviously affects everyone on our planet and the matter of arriving at legal solutions to preventing its depletion, or loss in any given region emerges as increasingly urgent.

In recent years consequently, there have been a number of international conferences, including Kyoto, which have given rise to a similar number of protocols on the environment. The editors reminded us that at the latest Climate Change Conference in Doha in 2012, parties to the Kyoto Protocol could only agree to extend the Protocol commitments to reducing emissions. This was a conference which certainly generated mixed results, with a number of countries refusing to adopt reduction emission commitments.

However, the continuing work to preserve – and conserve – biodiversity carries on, as the amount and quality of the research contained in this book indicates. The learned articles are grouped under four categories, ranging from national and local experiences to international and transboundary approaches to land use and agriculture to solutions from science and technology.

The science and technology category is particularly interesting in that it contains chapters on linking ecology to legislation and using biosecurity to prevent, or at least mitigate the impacts of climate change. These of course are only two examples of the rich store of information and certainly rather unique insights contained in this volume.

In the words of the editors, the book does not provide the final answer to any of the issues and problems discussed. It nonetheless offers an important and positive contribution to the debate on the linkages between biodiversity and climate change. As observed by Benjamin J. Richardson at the University of British Columbia, Canada, this book ‘makes an important academic contribution towards linking legal solutions to global warming with biodiversity conservation’ -- particularly, he adds, in developing countries.

Policy makers, academics and students as well as environmental lawyers themselves can only benefit from acquiring this meticulously footnoted book for their professional libraries.
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