The word economics comes from ancient Greek roots
Eco – from the Greek for home
Nomics: from the Greek - management or husbandry of resources.
The ancient Greeks understood the finite extent of their natural resources and the benefits they received from them. They also understood husbandary, the need to care for their resources. To them, economics was about more than money and growth at all costs.
The Biosphere ethos is that a healthy economy and social cohesion rest on a healthy environment,not the other way around. It is working with nature and not against it.
The Biosphere Reserve is continually looking at ways that it can help businesses maximise the benefit they receive from the environment and things it can do to preserve and sustain that environment for future generations.
Three key economic sectors that have a huge impact not just on the economy but on the Biosphere's landscapes and wildlife are agriculture, freshwater and marine industries and tourism.
Combatting climate change is a social problem as much as an environmental one – We need to change the way we source, consume and invest in resources to tackle it. Social choices.
The business sector has long understood that significant changes to business behaviour stem from first class entrepreneurs with new ideas and the zeal to make them happen. To make the significant social changes necessary to address 'green' issues like climate change requires a new breed of entrepreneur - the Social Entrepreneur. They will push change forward; seizing opportunities others miss to improve systems, invent new approaches, and create solutions to change society for the better.
The Dartington Foundation are running FREE courses to help train this new generation in Devon. Particpants will get the chance to meet social enterprise leaders and business experts; hone their entrepreneurial skills; grow and develop their vital networks and take action to make the most of their organisation's business opportunities
Investing in Nature
Visitor Gifting Scheme
Agriculture in the Biosphere
Freshwater and Marine industries