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Acronyms vi Series Editors Preface ix Preface x 1 Enterprising Nature 1 2 The Problem and Promise of Biodiversity Loss 28 3 An Ecological-Economic Tribunal for (Nonhuman) Life 56 4 Ecosystem Services as Political-Scientific Strategy 91 5 Protecting Profit: Biodiversity Loss as Material Risk 126 6 Biodiversity Finance and the Search for Patient Capital 159 7 Multilateralism vs. Biodiversity Market-Making: Battlegrounds to Unleash Capital 192 8 The Tragedy of Liberal Environmentalism 232 References 246 Index 276

About the Author

Jessica Dempsey is an Assistant Professor at the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada. Her research interests include global biodiversity politics, ecosystem services, and financial risk and biodiversity. With the CBD Alliance, she has participated in over a dozen major negotiations of biodiversity law and policy and worked with many NGOs and social movements to develop analysis and position papers on global biodiversity issues. She has published articles in leading geography and political ecology journals, including Environment and Planning A , Geoforum, and Progress in Human Geography .


`Jessica Dempsey's Enterprising Nature is necessary reading for understating the critical geographies of how market forces, biodiversity, environmentalism, and all kinds of so-called experts try, and often fail, to dictate the terms of conservation politics the world over. The book is fresh, robust, and offers healthy doses of both scepticism and deep insights into the battles that need to be fought.' Nik Heynen, Professor of Geography, University of Georgia, USA `Dempsey's Enterprising Nature is a must-read for all conservationists. From the vantage of political ecology, Dempsey provides a sympathetic but ringing critique of the ecosystem services paradigm. Nonetheless, her fresh analysis ultimately points towards a new and hopeful pathway - by forging unexpected collaborations among scientists, social movement activists, and scholars of power dynamics, she imagines reclaiming an "abundant biodiversity", as well as the ecosystem services it supplies.' Claire Kremen, Professor in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley, USA `Through arguments with which liberal environmentalists will struggle to find fault, Dempsey carefully excavates the foundations of the global biodiversity industry, and finds them rotten. This is a compassionate and intelligent book, one that helps us ask far deeper questions about humans relations with the world than the mainstream environmental movement dare broach.' Raj Patel, Research Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, USA

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