Does biodiversity matter? Implementing the principles of ecosystem management in Florida Conference Paper uri icon


  • The protection of biological diversity (hereafter biodiversity) is considered one of the fundamental goals for the sustainable management of ecological systems. This article examines how existing levels of biodiversity influence ecosystem capabilities at the local level. Specifically, it tests the effects of biodiversity and the degree of threat to biodiversity on the quality of local comprehensive plans in Florida as measured by the ability to manage ecosystems. Regression analysis indicates that areas of high biodiversity do not stimulate planners to adopt higher-quality plans. Instead, human disturbance or threats to existing levels of biodiversity are the most significant factors in driving ecosystem plan quality. Based on the results, the article discusses implications for policy and plan making.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Brody, S. D.

complete list of authors

  • Brody, SD

publication date

  • December 2003