Conservation Value

Tisdell, Clem (2010). Conservation Value. Working Papers on Economics, Ecology and Environment 165, School of Economics, University of Queensland.

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Author Tisdell, Clem
Title Conservation Value
School, Department or Centre School of Economics
Institution University of Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Series Working Papers on Economics, Ecology and Environment
Report Number 165
Publication date 2010-06-01
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Language eng
Subject 0501 Ecological Applications
149902 Ecological Economics
140205 Environment and Resource Economics
Abstract/Summary This paper outlines the significance of the concept of conservation value and discusses ways in which it is determined paying attention to views stemming from utilitarian ethics and from deontological ethics. The importance of user costs in relation to economic decisions about the conservation and use of natural resources is emphasised. Particular attention is given to competing views about the importance of conserving natural resources in order to achieve economic sustainability. This then lends to a discussion of the value of conserving natural resources in order to meet the moral obligations of present generations to future generations. Anthropogenic views of the value of conserving natural resources (for example, derived from utilitarian ethics) are contrasted with views stressing mankind’s obligations to nature (ecocentric views). The latter are often based on deontological ethics.
Keyword Anthropogenic values
Conservation value
Deontological ethics
Ecocentric values
Economic sustainability
Intergenerational equity
Sustainable development
User costs
Utilitarian ethics

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