|From:||Emery Graham <"egraham"@ci.wilmington.de.us>|
|Date:||Fri, 21 May 1999 11:24:16 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||Re: "The Economic Benefits of Open Space"|
Tommie, The "enlightened self interest" you speak of is not uniform in its content. I suggest that the socio-cultural differences between us might impact what each of considers is in our own self interest; not to mention the differences in preference supported by different economic levels. America, the world, is not homogenous. While its true that there's been a leading paradigm for sometime, there's always been those "backshelf" authors whose works have been read and appreciated by the social and cultural majority. Emery TommeY@aol.com wrote: > Reponding to Mr. Graham, > The point is a good one, but the fact is that environmental > conservation cannot be founded on (or at least not solely on) governmental > mandates and governmentally funded programs. Enlightened self interest has > been one of the primary factors behind most successful conservation programs > for many years. (And for that matter, the concept is the same for all > property owners -- if the area is more attractive, it will be more valuable. > The owners in poorer and minority areas are less likely to have the > wherewithal to undertake significant conservation projects, hence more > governmentally funded conservation activities are needed (and in my > experience offered) in poorer areas.) > If you can speak of environmental justice in this context, it is the > fact that the primary benefits of most types of conservation activities are > "benefits for all" (beach access, parks and protected areas, wildlife > preservation, etc.) The fact that the nearby landowners (whose voluntary or > involuntary choices create the protected areas, etc,) benefit financially as > well is the means for achieving the public benefit. > > Tomme R. Young > UN Legal Consultant on Environmental and Conservation Legislation > > In a message dated 5/19/99 1:16:25 PM Mexico Standard Time, > "egraham"@ci.wilmington.de.us writes: > > > t becomes increasingly apparent that one of the attendant impacts of > > efforts to preserve open space is an increase in the value of land in other > > existing uses. As our efforts to spur economic development succeed, those > > who are existing land owners will find themselves the beneficiaries of > > windfall profits and rents driven by government supported programs. > > > > What happened to "environmental justice.?
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