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Natural capital and social welfare
 


 
Dr. José Sarukhán
Dr. Leonardo Curzio
Dr. Walter Reid
Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo
   
Dr. José Sarukhán
Dr. Leonardo Curzio
Dr. Walter Reid
Dr. Jorge Soberón
Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo
Mtra. Julia Carabias
 
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Synopsis: Current knowledge, evaluation, and prospects for sustainability

The country's natural wealth is a privilege and has an enormous potential for development, but also presents a great social responsibility before the world. The study, Natural Capital of Mexico, coordinated by the National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), is an ambitious project that compiles and analyzes the most current and reliable knowledge that exists worldwide, on the mega-biodiversity of this nation.

The work consists of five volumes: I. Current knowledge of biodiversity; II. State of conservation and trends of change; III. Public policies and perspectives of sustainability; IV. Human, institutional and financial capacities, and V. Future scenarios. The first three volumes, comprise 45 chapters, involving 96 external reviewers and 648 authors from 227 institutions, both academic and governmental, and civil organizations from most of the States of the Republic. 

The Natural Capital of Mexico is promoting the transition from problem definition phase to that of solution design, in environmental terms. In addition, It contributes to the shaping of a culture that promotes appreciation of biodiversity and the enormous value of ecosystem services which the rich nature of Mexico provides for us. The study shows the determinant factors which govern the decision to conserve our increasingly threatened natural heritage.

 
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