Understanding the Value of Natural Resources for Human Well-being

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    This chapter focuses on the key benefits of managing nature’s systems for people’s well-being and, more broadly, for the modern economy and overall development.
    Firstly, it explores a historical perspective of human connections with nature, and how nature has played a key role in shaping our ancient and modern civilizations. Secondly, it elaborates how natural resources are important for people’s well-being, and outlines the consequences of mis-managing them in terms of social-economic repercussions in the present times. To understand and evaluate the role of natural resources towards human well-being for policy decision-making, this chapter outlines three main approaches: realizing our connections with nature; applying an integrated and inclusive approach to development; and an ethical approach to live in harmony with nature. It explains the need for, and how to, realize our connections with nature, and proposes an integrated development model that is focused on people’s well-being, not the standard input and output measures, and accounts for the role nature’s services. Applying an ethical approach to lead a meaningful life that is in harmony with nature and embedding
    ethical principles in
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSustainable Bioresource Management
    Subtitle of host publicationClimate Change Mitigation and Natural Resource Conservation
    Editors Ratikanta Maiti, Humberto González Rodríguez, Ch Aruna Kumari, Debashis Mandal, Narayan Chandra Sarkar
    Place of PublicationBoca Raton
    PublisherApple Academic Press Inc.
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9780429284229
    ISBN (Print)9781771888158
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


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