Investing in Natural Capital: The Ecological Economics Approach To Sustainability

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AnnMari Jansson, Sandra Koskoff, Monica Hammer, Carl Folke, Robert Costanza, Professor Robert Costanza
Island Press, 1994 - Business & Economics - 504 pages
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Investing in Natural Capital presents the results of a workshop held following the second biannual conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics. It focuses on the relation of human development to natural capital, and the relation of natural capital to environmental processes.Because we are capable of understanding our impact on the environment and the importance of managing it sustainably, humans play a special role in our ecosystem. The book emphasizes the essential connections between natural ecosystems and human socioeconomic systems, and the importance of insuring that both remain resilient. Specific chapters deal with methodology, case material, and policy questions, and offer a thorough exploration of this provocative and important alternative to conventional economics.

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The International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) is a not-for-profit organization concerned with integrating the study and management of nature's household (ecology) with humanity's household (economy). Ecological economics acknowledges that, in the end, a healthy economy can only exist in symbiosis with a healthy ecology.

The late AnnMari Jansson was Professor in the Department of Systems Ecology at the University of Stockholm, Sweden.

Monica Hammer works in the Department of Systems Ecology at the University of Stockholm, Sweden.

Carl Folke works at the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics.

Robert Costanza is Director of the Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Maryland, based in Solomons, Maryland, and coauthor of Ecosystem Health (Island Press, 1992).

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