This section will look at various aspects of conservation, many of these illustrated by examples of ‘good’ practice.
What is Nature Conservation?
Conservation has been defined in many different ways, for example, as:
- Protecting the environment (from human activity)
- Preventing the extinction of animals and plants
- Creating new habitats
- Managing natural resources and ecosystems
- Keeping the balance of nature
- Preserving the natural environment
- Educating people about the environment
All of these are important and Nature Conservation covers a very wide range of activities although it can be summarised in the diagram below.
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This key question has been tackled in the Biodiversity section and is summarised in
the diagram found on this page.
The justification for conservation is based on the following arguments:
- Moral and ethical arguments
- Aesthetic arguments
- Amenity arguments
- Research arguments
- Genetic resource arguments
- Natural control of pest arguments
Think 'Global' act 'Local'