We are seeing the world's natural places vanish at an alarming rate. Illegal logging, poaching, and other unsustainable uses of land mortgage our future by making a profit today at the expense of tomorrow. The ICC recognizes that protecting habitats is essential.
The word's natural places are invaluable: for not only their beauty, but also their ecosystem services. Biodiversity conservation provides substantial benefits to meet human needs, such as clean water, natural resources, and protection from natural disasters.
The ICC recognizes that the world does not need to protect the environment at the expense of improving the lives of the poor. Developing nations depend more heavily on the direct benefits of ecosystem services, and to prevent utilizing these resources would be a catastrophe for the world's most vulnerable.
So many of the world's poor depend upon the natural environment for their livelihoods. By safeguarding our natural resources, we will ensure a better life for future generations. The ICC seeks out conservation stategies that focus on improving the living conditions of the world's most vulnerable, and then putting those strategies into action.
For much of the world, business as usual means consuming or exporting natural resources as much as possible. These are economies more focused on short-term gain and less on what industries their children will be able to compete in.
The ICC believes that conservation and development are not mutually exclusive, but go hand in hand. By investing in better natural resource wealth management, the world will simultaneously see economic growth and better stewardship of ecosystems.
The world is consuming natural resources at an increasing rate. We are reaching the limits of what the earth can sustainably provide in terms of food, energy, timber, and water.
Experts agree that increased competition for natural resources may lead to increased conflict. We have already witnessed the role of natural resources as a conflict driver in many of the world's warzones. Years of poor natural resource management diminishes nature's capital, leading groups to violence over what remains. Sustainable management of natural resources means a more stable, more peaceful world.