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Conservation Value

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  • Tisdell, Clement A.

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This paper outlines the significance of the concept of conservation value and discusses ways in which it is determined paying attention to views stemming from utilitarian ethics and from deontological ethics. The importance of user costs in relation to economic decisions about the conservation and use of natural resources is emphasised. Particular attention is given to competing views about the importance of conserving natural resources in order to achieve economic sustainability. This then lends to a discussion of the value of conserving natural resources in order to meet the moral obligations of present generations to future generations. Anthropogenic views of the value of conserving natural resources (for example, derived from utilitarian ethics) are contrasted with views stressing mankind’s obligations to nature (ecocentric views). The latter are often based on deontological ethics.

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  • Tisdell, Clement A., 2010. "Conservation Value," Economics, Ecology and Environment Working Papers 90879, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uqseee:90879
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    1. Dr. Mohammad Alauddin, 2002. "Environmentalising Economic Development: a South East Asian Perspective," Discussion Papers Series 299, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
    2. Soares, Wagner Lopes & Porto, Marcelo Firpo De Souza, 2008. "Aspectos Teóricos E Práticos Associados À Decisão De Uso De Agrotóxicos: Uma Abordagem Integrada Entre A Agricultura, Meio Ambiente E Saúde Pública," 46th Congress, July 20-23, 2008, Rio Branco, Acre, Brasil 109672, Sociedade Brasileira de Economia, Administracao e Sociologia Rural (SOBER).
    3. Giannis Vardas & Anastasios Xepapadeas, 2010. "Model Uncertainty, Ambiguity and the Precautionary Principle: Implications for Biodiversity Management," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 45(3), pages 379-404, March.
    4. Tisdell, Clement A., 2001. "Aquaculture Economics and Marketing: An Overview," Economics, Ecology and Environment Working Papers 48733, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    5. John Haraden & Samuel Herrick & Dale Squires & Clement Tisdell, 2004. "Economic Benefits of Dolphins in the United States Eastern Tropical Pacific Purse-Seine Tuna Industry," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 28(4), pages 451-468, August.

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    Keywords

    anthropogenic values; conservation value; deontological ethics; ecocentric values; economic sustainability; intergenerational equity; natural resources; neo-Malthusianism; precautionary motive; sustainability; sustainable development; user costs; utilitarian ethics; Environmental Economics and Policy; Q01; Q20; Q30; Q50; Q51;

    JEL classification:

    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General
    • Q30 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - General
    • Q50 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - General
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects

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