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Noah’s Ark or World Wild Web? Cultural Perspectives in Global Scenario Studies and Their Function for Biodiversity Conservation in a Changing World

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International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable Development (ICIS), Maastricht University, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Department of Sustainability Sciences, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Scharnhorststr. 1, 21335 Lüneburg, Germany
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Sustainability 2010, 2(10), 3211-3238; https://doi.org/10.3390/su2103211
Received: 1 September 2010 / Revised: 14 September 2010 / Accepted: 8 October 2010 / Published: 14 October 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Futures)
In this paper, we review the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Scenarios and their assumptions on biodiversity conservation, using a framework based on the cultural theory (CT) perspectives. We explored an adaptation of the CT typology and the significance of some underrepresented worldviews for discussions on conservation in a changing world. The evaluation of the assumptions on biodiversity conservation in the scenario studies and storylines adds to our understanding of the socio-cultural dimensions of biodiversity loss in a changing world. It contributes to an understanding of the worldviews underlying the complex debates on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Making such assumptions and world views explicit will help policymakers and conservationists discuss the diversity of conservation strategies in the face of uncertainty. View Full-Text
Keywords: global scenario studies; cultural perspectives; biodiversity conservation; ecosystem services global scenario studies; cultural perspectives; biodiversity conservation; ecosystem services
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Beumer, C.; Martens, P. Noah’s Ark or World Wild Web? Cultural Perspectives in Global Scenario Studies and Their Function for Biodiversity Conservation in a Changing World. Sustainability 2010, 2, 3211-3238.

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