The book's original remit was to look just at the issue of economic value, i.e. the kinds of economic values that are generated by conservation activity but which may well not be captured in the market place. The result of this `failure' to capture such economic values is a distortion, a tilted playing field with the odds stacked against conservation and in favour of the economic activities that destroy biological resources. In this book version of the report authors have gone further to ask why biodiversity disappears and how its economic value might be captured by various institutional mechanisms.
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