- Sustainable resource extraction
Describing the use of materials available in
naturein a way that does not affect its balance. Usually however, sustainabilityis based on some kind of cost-benefit analysis, where one has to accept some damage (or human caused unbalance) to the ecosystem. Sustainabilityis the main concept that includes also the use and disposal of materials i.e. the life-cycle, where as extraction refers mainly to the process of actual harvest.
In resource extraction, sustainability is often achieved when the possible damages of it are minimized and the future of the ecosystem is ensured. One example of sustainable resource extraction is
forestry, when it tries to imitate nature's own processes and plant or seed the new forest.
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