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 husbandry, the need to care for their resources. To them, economics was about more than money and growth at all costs.
The North Devon UNESCO 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.
Our biosphere 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 our biosphere's landscapes and wildlife are: agriculture, freshwater and marine industries, and tourism.
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