Nature's Fortune

Nature's Fortune

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What is nature worth? The answer to this questiona€”which traditionally has been framed in environmental termsa€”is revolutionizing the way we do business. In Naturea€™s Fortune, Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy and former investment banker, and science writer Jonathan Adams argue that nature is not only the foundation of human well-being, but also the smartest commercial investment any business or government can make. The forests, floodplains, and oyster reefs often seen simply as raw materials or as obstacles to be cleared in the name of progress are, instead, as important to our future prosperity as technology or law or business innovation. Who invests in nature, and why? What rates of return can it produce? When is protecting nature a good investment? With stories from the South Pacific to the California coast, from the Andes to the Gulf of Mexico and even to New York City, Naturea€™s Fortune shows how viewing nature as green infrastructure allows for breakthroughs not only in conservationa€”protecting water supplies; enhancing the health of fisheries; making cities more sustainable, livable and safe; and dealing with unavoidable climate changea€”but in economic progress, as well. Organizations obviously depend on the environment for key resourcesa€”water, trees, and land. But they can also reap substantial commercial benefits in the form of risk mitigation, cost reduction, new investment opportunities, and the protection of assets. Once leaders learn how to account for nature in financial terms, they can incorporate that value into the organizationa€™s decisions and activities, just as habitually as they consider cost, revenue, and ROI. Such a rethinking of a€œnatural capitala€a€”nature as a quantifiable asseta€”can not only increase profitability, but provide crucial protection against the kinds of climate change-driven phenomenaa€”like devastating drought and hundred-year floodsa€”that are no longer the stuff of speculation. A must-read for business leaders, CEOs, investors, and environmentalists alike, Naturea€™s Fortune offers an essential guide to the worlda€™s economica€”and environmentala€”well-being.... D. K. Ray, P. C. West, C. Balzer, E. M. Carpenter, J. Bennett, S.R. Hill, C. Monfreda, S.Polasky, J.Rockstrom, J. Sheehan, ... Science 326 (2009): www.lerf. 1350a€“51. Nepstadanbsp;...

Title:Nature's Fortune
Author:Mark R. Tercek, Jonathan S. Adams
Publisher:Perseus Books Group - 2013-08-20


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