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"A feature or component of the natural environment that is of value in serving human needs, e.g. soil, water, plantlife, wildlife, etc. Some natural resources have an economic value (e.g. timber) while others have a "noneconomic" value (e.g. scenic beauty of a cultural landscape)."
Source: EIONET: GEMET Thesaurus
"There are various concepts that address the resource management question from different
angles. The number and divergence of these concepts, which all have their specific merits,
reveals that there is no clear and unanimous answer or approach to the problem. The various
concepts serve a number of functions, such as awareness raising (Ecological Footprint) and
material flow accounting (TMR). Moreover, some concepts include targets (e.g. Factor 4),
whereas others are process-oriented (Green GNP ). This means that the concepts have different
angles of view and different scopes, emerge from different schools of thought and imply
different perceptions of problems and different solutions."
Source: Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - Towards a Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources. COM/2003/0572 final. pg. 19.
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