Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia, Photo by Fougerouse Arnaud (CC 2.0)
“Nature does nothing uselessly.”
Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), Greek philosopher, polymath and student of Plato.
It is a well known axiom that economic peaks and troughs do not respect international borders. They travel the world as freely as the wind without regard for the invisible borders or subservient sovereignty of the domains through which they pass unencumbered. And in each case, the depth of a trough reflects the liveliness of the debates concerning what to do to ameliorate the situation.
During this current period of economic downturn and stagnation, it has been suggested in a myriad of countries that remedial measures should be prioritised whereby we “put people first” and redirect our efforts as well as limited human resources away from natural resource conservation in order to allocate human resources to the development of sustainable employment, as if these were mutually exclusive actions – which they are not.
On the contrary, international economic experts have proven that economic development and natural resource conservation are entirely compatible, mutually beneficial and restorative in furtherance of global poverty reduction and economic growth. In this section, we highlight some of the international experts and evidence on which this economic certitude is based in order to raise awareness that “putting people first” is actually a priority for advocates of both actions, too many of whom believe their differences to be irreconcilable when in fact they are clearly united yet inconsolably hampered by their unawareness of patently demonstrable proof.