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Resources, Management and Tools Lecture 2
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What is a Natural Resource? They’re natural – from the environment, outside of human  activity They’re a resource – they have utility – we can use for some  purpose What factors drive us to see something as a resource?
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Resource Cognition The mental process by which something in the  environment become a resource and gains value 5 components: § Cultural background § View of nature § Social conditions § Scarcity § Technological and economic factors These are all interrelated! Figure 1.1 from text
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Resource Cognition Cultural background Culture drives perception of resources, of their  acceptable use Ex. Japanese/Norwegian view of whaling vs.  American view
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Resource Cognition Views of Nature Drives the formulation of resource ethics and  management Fundamental question – does nature have intrinsic  value or is just there for human use? Cathedral vs. warehouse Preservation vs. conservation Nature-centric vs. human centric
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Resource Cognition Social Conditions Factors such as income, education, race and age affect  perception of resources and relationship to environment It can be hard to worry about the future when you’re worried  about getting enough food for today
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Resource Cognition Scarcity Absolute – supplies of resource  insufficient to meet present and  future demand Relative – total supply not  limited, but localized or short- term conditions render a  resource scarce at particular  time and/or place Changes in scarcity lead to  changes in perception, which  can change our actions
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Resource Cognition Technological and Economic  Factors Technological advances change  what is a resource –
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