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Ecological worth.

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The value of ecology. And money.
A conceptual examination of fundamental ecology, people, and money.
Managing nature is thus like money or assets in accounts. Too much withdrawl, we begin to accrue interest and reduce the principal. An understanding that we need some natural capital as the economic principal that we do not touch or manage for and add to is an important extended analogy.

Inspired by Aronson, J., A. F. Clewell, et al. (2006). "Ecological restoration: A new frontier for nature conservation and economics." Journal for Nature Conservation 14(3–4): 135-139.

Other sources include in the following papers:
Aarssen, L. W. (1997). "On the progress of ecology." Oikos 80(1): 177-178.
Srivastava, D. (2002). "The role of conservation in expanding biodiversity research." Oikos 98: 351-360.

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Ecological worth.

  1. 1. what is ecology worth? @cjlortie
  2. 2. greenwashing
  3. 3. co-opted and confused
  4. 4. ecology is not
  5. 5. conservation, restoration, management, environmental science
  6. 6. basic discipline interactions
  7. 7. biotic-biotic abiotic-biotic
  8. 8. models experiments observation
  9. 9. ecological myths
  10. 10. there is a balance of nature
  11. 11. every species is special
  12. 12. worth maxims facilitate merit assessment of ecosystems
  13. 13. criticism of ecology has been profound
  14. 14. ecology is a curious child determined to sample & explore life on her own unconventional terms Aarssen 1997
  15. 15. society often demands conclusive answers & scientific debate is confused for lack of understanding
  16. 16. practical ecology the interpretation of patterns & interactions using any approach that generates inspiration modern synthesis
  17. 17. pluralism a condition or system in which two or more states, groups, principles coexist.
  18. 18. practical ecology is therefore integrative ecology
  19. 19. collective solutions lead to synthesis & integration
  20. 20. worth novel synthesis: even basic to basic can become complex
  21. 21. BDEF biodiversity ecosystem function
  22. 22. global extinctions are an exceptional challenge Gerber 2010
  23. 23. reductions in contemporary diversity lead to reductions in the function of ecosystems
  24. 24. dramatic innovations in BD-EF magnitude, resilience, context dependency, & resistance to invasions by exotic species
  25. 25. resilience in processes
  26. 26. worth BDEF: function ~ service paradigm
  27. 27. Is biodiversity the main driver of ecosystem function? Srivastava 2002
  28. 28. How will extinction patterns change BD-EF relationships? what can we afford to lose and how much will it cost us?
  29. 29. Will conserving regional biodiversity conserve local ecosystem function?
  30. 30. worth BDEF: begins the commodification process concept of worth
  31. 31. Aronson et al. 2006 process-based model
  32. 32. ecological knowledge + restoration
  33. 33. ER ecological restoration
  34. 34. ailments biodiversity & ecosystem services
  35. 35. indicators not just intact or natural systems
  36. 36. treatment humans as integral members of ecosystems
  37. 37. outcomes natural capital and win-win scenarios
  38. 38. idealistic but executable
  39. 39. worth ideas that can deliver
  40. 40. Millenium Ecosystem Assessment
  41. 41. products
  42. 42. costs
  43. 43. whether product or cost, natural capital is a critical concept worth
  44. 44. RNC restoring natural capital
  45. 45. pragmatic
  46. 46. 1. Mainstreaming 2. Creating employment 3. Enhancing services & goods 4. Locally realistic 5. Restoring self-sustaining systems 6. Planning with locals tactics
  47. 47. consider profits specifics mostly relevant but important wake-up call
  48. 48. manage for natural capital if not profits
  49. 49. worth natural capital (& RNC) adds a novel asset concept
  50. 50. natural capital also acts a connector between ecology and human action
  51. 51. multiple dimensions of meaning
  52. 52. merit badges diversity
  53. 53. the more tools basic science can offer to make practical decisions, the better decisions people can make merit & money: practical instruments

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