Examining the Effects of Biodiversity on the Ability of Local Plans to Manage Ecological Systems Academic Article uri icon


  • The protection of biological diversity (hereafter biodiversity) is considered one of the fundamental goals for the sustainable management of ecological systems. This paper 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 high biodiversity does 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 paper discusses implications for policy and suggests recommendations to improve proactive planning practices associated with managing ecological systems over the long term.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

author list (cited authors)

  • BRODY, S. D.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors


publication date

  • November 2003