Ecological-economic modelling for the sustainable management of biodiversity

Type Article
Date 2013-12
Language English
Author(s) Doyen Luc1, 2, Cisse Abdoul3, Gourguet Sophie1, 4, Mouysset L.5, Hardy Pierre-Yves1, Bene Christophe6, Blanchard FabianORCID3, Jiguet Frederic1, Pereau J.-C.2, Thebaud OlivierORCID4, 7
Affiliation(s) 1 : CNRS-MNHN, 55 rue Buffon, 7005 , Paris, France
2 : GREThA, University Montesquieu Bordeaux IV, Avenue Léon Duguit, Pessac, France
3 : IFREMER, Laboratoire Ressources Halieutiques de Guyane, Guyane, France
4 : CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, 41 Boggo Road, Dutton Park, QLD, 4102, Australia
5 : Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, 19 Silver Street, Cambridge, CB3 9EP, UK
6 : Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University, Brighton, BN1 9RE, UK
7 : IFREMER, Département d’Economie Maritime,UMR AMURE, BP 70, 29280 , Plouzanè, France
Source Computational Management Science (1619-697X) (Springer), 2013-12 , Vol. 10 , N. 4 , P. 353-364
DOI 10.1007/s10287-013-0194-2
Keyword(s) Ecological economics, Modeling, Sustainability, Biodiversity, Public policy, Criterion, Equilibrium, Optimality, Viability
Abstract Terrestrial and marine biodiversity provides the basis for both ecosystems functioning and numerous commodities or services that underpin human well-being. From several decades, alarming trends have been reported worldwide for both biodiversity and ecosystem services. Therefore the sustainable management of biodiversity requires a double viewpoint balancing ecological conservation with the welfare of human societies. Understanding the underlying trade-offs, synergies and interactions imposes the development of interdisciplinary researches and methods. In that respect, bio-economic or ecological economic modeling is likely to play a major role. The present paper intends to elicit the key features, strengths and challenges of bio-economic approaches especially in mathematical and computational terms. It first recall the main bio-economic methods, models and decisional instruments used in these types of analyses. Then the paper shows to what extent bio-economic sustainability lies between equilibrium, viability and optimality mathematical frameworks. It ends up by identifying new major challenges among which the operationalization of ecosystem based management, the precautionary principle and the implementation of governance are especially important.
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Doyen Luc, Cisse Abdoul, Gourguet Sophie, Mouysset L., Hardy Pierre-Yves, Bene Christophe, Blanchard Fabian, Jiguet Frederic, Pereau J.-C., Thebaud Olivier (2013). Ecological-economic modelling for the sustainable management of biodiversity. Computational Management Science, 10(4), 353-364. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :