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Conservation

  • By: Bram Büscher & Stacey Büscher
  • In: Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Nevin Cohen & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Sustainability, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

Conservation can broadly be defined as the protection of biological diversity and natural resources from human-induced change. The concept of conservation has a range of meanings to different people. Over the course of history, conservation ideals have not only been used to save animals and plants from extinction, but also to promote ideas about land and agriculture, to colonize peoples, to promote nation building, to fight against social and political injustices and, most importantly, to provide sustainable resources for green business.

Conservation is a process; it attempts to regulate and protect biodiversity and natural resources for the longer term. Usually, it is a response to anthropogenic threats—originating from humans—of one kind or another, including industrial, urban, or agricultural developments, human encroachment, or general unsustainable human practices. ...

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