What is it about?

Biodiversity loss is a major ecological crisis. Despite the term's popularity in media and policy, there is no common understanding on how to address it. Many biologists and philosophers suggest valuing biodiversity for its beauty, but we argue that aesthetic value alone offers limited support for biological conservation.

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Why is it important?

We explore the question from the viewpoints of species diversity, ecosystem diversity, and genetic diversity, and argue that there is a mismatch between apparent and real biodiversity.


I hope this article helps people to understand the difference between what we call the apparent and real biodiversity and the variety of perspectives on biodiversity perception, research and appreciation.

Dr Jukka Mikkonen
Jyvaskylan Yliopisto

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This page is a summary of: Aesthetics in Biodiversity Conservation, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, June 2024, Oxford University Press (OUP),
DOI: 10.1093/jaac/kpae020.
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