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
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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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