Give me your non-business perspective in regards to the agreement in the article below. This is about a land swap in Sweden for the purpose of creating a nature reserve....
Give me your non-business perspective in regards to the agreement in the article below. This is about a land swap in Sweden for the purpose of creating a nature reserve.
The Swedish paper company Holmen agreed to trade 10,000 hectares of heavily-forested land to that country's environmental protection agency in exchange for 18,000 hectares of different land that will be free, within legal limits, to exploit for business purposes. The 10,000 hectares Holmen is relinquishing will be converted to a nature preserve, its pristine environment protected from commercial or residential development for the foreseeable future.
Natural resources essential for the survival of human life are finite. The air we breathe, the water we drink, and which comprises 60 percent of an adult human body, and the vegetation we rely upon for sustenance are all limited in availability. While the size of the oceans and the vastness of the Earth's atmosphere seemingly suggest inexhaustible supplies of crucial resources, the reality is a little more bleak. The oxygen required for survival is tied directly to the forests and jungles that are systematically depleted by human activity and we cannot drink ocean water unless it is desalinated and treated for human consumption--an enormously complicated and expensive process.
Human survival is inextricably linked to the environment. We cannot, as a species, separate ourselves from our surroundings. This is why agreements like that by Holmen are so important: they represent concrete efforts at preserving nature and the resources upon which we are all dependent. Organizations like the Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund came into existence with the mission of preserving as much of the natural environment as possible. Not everything these organizations do is visibly connected to human survival, but it is all connected nonetheless. Too few individuals appreciate the concept of ecosystems and how human beings fit into a larger such system. Preservation of large tracts of pristine land, however, helps to preserve not only natural resources, but species the disappearance of which both upsets fragile ecosystems and deprives humanity of the diversity of species that we all enjoy to greater or lesser extents.
What Holmen did may or may not have been mercenary in intent. Arrangements like the one executed in Sweden, however, serve a beneficial purpose nonetheless. From a non-business perspective, Holmen's consent to the land swap was a meritorious act that could inspire other businesses to act similarly.
My non-business perspective on this is that it is a very good thing for the people of Sweden. I also believe that the Swedish government made a very good choice in agreeing to this exchange of land.
This swap is a good thing for the people of Sweden because it will help them to have more chances to enjoy nature. From the article, it appears that the land that Holmen is turning over to the government is land that is full of interesting flora and fauna. Some of it also provides people with recreational and educational opportunities that are not related to flora and fauna. If the Swedish government can get this land in exchange for land that would be less interesting to people, it will benefit everyone. The people will get interesting land as part of a variety of nature reserves and Holmen will not lose any money.
I believe that the swap was a good idea on the part of the government. It is always a good thing when governments and private companies can cooperate instead of acting as antagonists. This allows the Swedish government to provide more nature reserves without having to spend money on buying the land and without having to fight to get that land.
In short, from a non-business perspective, this seems to be a great deal for all concerned.