Tom Kompas, Conservation and Profits: Always in Conflict?, The Solutions Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, January 2013, Pages 1 ( Abstract: Protecting and conserving our natural resources is important now and for future generations. National parks, land-use conservation, and marine reserves all contribute to this effort. The gains that come from conservation are indisputable—often quantified as ecosystem services. This is especially true in terms of the enhanced biodiversity and the long-term sustainability that go with preserving our natural assets. Of course, skeptics also invariably argue that conservation comes at the expense of business, and with it the profits that might be earned from the use of natural resources. Setting aside forests, prime pasture, and sections of the ocean for noncommercial use are typical examples. Commercial concerns will argue that such closures simply limit economic activity and close off not only profitability, but vital employment opportunities. But must this always be the case? The answer is no. There are clear examples where the use of conservation zones in fact enhances … Topics: Conservation; Environment