Why is it
It is a common but inaccurate perception is that environmental protection is incompatible with economic development.
This misperception has often been fueled by selfish interests attempting to advance their own gains at social and environmental costs to the community.
Community prosperity depends upon careful balancing of environmental, social, and economic resources. They are mutually supportive.
What needs to
Economic incentives should encourage conservation land stewardship and maintenance of ecosystem services.
Business developments compatible with conservation goals should be identified and encouraged, with economic and policy incentives.
Public education should counteract misrepresentation of the relationship between economic and environmental prosperity.
Who is working on it?
Alabama Env Council
Center for Compatible Econ Devel't, TNC
Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University
Friends of the Crystal River
Idaho Conservation League
Nat Resources Council of Maine
Public Employees for Env Responsibility
Sierra Business Council
SC Coastal Conservation League
Western Org of Resource Councils
Western States Center