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Conservation Biology - 11. Overexploitation

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Department
Biology
Course
BIOL 3130
Professor
Andrew Mac Dougall
Semester
Winter

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Conservation Biology Lecture Notes11 OverexploitationSustainable HarvestingProblem If there are only so many resourcesWhy do we still overexploit knowing that there are limitsAre their solutions to this problemThe tragedy of the commonsCommon a piece of land owned by one person but over which other people can exercise certain traditional rights such as allowing their livestock to graze upon itMultiple individuals acting independently in their own selfinterest ultimately destroy a shared limited resource even where it is clear that it is not in anyones long term interest for this to happenEx Cow Herders It is in each herders interest to put as many cows as possible onto the land even if the commons is damaged as a resultThe herder receives all of the benefits from the additional cows while the damage to the commons is shared by the entire group I
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