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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.