Paradoxes of Sustainable Development and Abandonment of NatureKopnina Helen*
The Hague University of Applied Science, Johanna Westerdijkplein 75, 2521 EN, The Hague, The Netherlands
- *Corresponding Author:
- Kopnina Helen
The Hague University of Applied Science
Johanna Westerdijkplein 75
2521 EN, The Hague, The Netherlands
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 11, 2014; Accepted date: June 24, 2014; Published date: June 27, 2014
Citation: Kopnina Helen (2014) Paradoxes of Sustainable Development and Abandonment of Nature. Anthropol 2:131. doi: 10.4172/2332-0915.1000131
Copyright: © 2014 Helen K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and various international environmental agencies have developed the concept of ‘ecosystem services’ and ‘natural resources’ todescribe ways in which humans benefit from healthy ecosystems. Biodiversity was recognized to be of great social and economic value to both present and future generations. According to its critics, resource approach of naturemight be inadequate in protecting non-human species that are not directly used for human welfare since the economic capture gives no grounding for prohibiting or even restricting their destruction. This article aims to examine environmental challenges through contesting discourses of sustainability and to discuss implications of these conceptions for the sustainable future for human security.