Developing Countries Should Focus on Economic Development, Notenvironmental Conservation. Do You Agree?

	Developing Countries Should Focus on Economic Development, Notenvironmental Conservation. Do You Agree? “Destroying
rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance
painting to cook a meal,”
the famous biologist, Edward O Wilson oncecommented, suggesting that destroying the environment for economic growthis not a wise choice. Economic development and environmental conservationis two conflicting process, focus on one, would mean the failure of the other.In making the choice between of the two options, many developing countriesfavored the former for the sake of the development of the society and to makethe demand of the growing population. Many also priortised the former as theysee it as a foundation for possible environment conservation. However,despite the urgent needs for economic development, developing countriesmust not neglect environmental conservation as it is the factor that providepossibility for further development and neglecting it may even result ineconomic loss. Thus, the need to strike a balance between the two goals.Developing countries should focus on economic development as it solvesmany urgent problems faced by developing countries and provides afoundation for the future of society. It is projected that 471 million people isliving in poverty, surviving on less that two US dollar per day, in lessdeveloped countries in 2010 and one child dies from starvation every fiveseconds. Thus, to solve these urgent problems in the developing countries,economic development is crucial. Through economic development, thecountry will be able to attract more investments and create more jobopportunities for their citizen. With jobs, the people are then able to purchasefood and daily necessities that are essential for survival, hence graduallyimproving the standard of living in the developing countries and reduceamount of people dying. If these developing countries were to focus onenvironmental conservation, the amount of funds channeled to economicdevelopment will be lesser, slowing down the pace of economic development.In addition, the developing countries are also facing problems broughtby population growth. The world population is expected to rise by 2.53 billionpeople, to reach a total of 9.1 billion in 2050. The increase alone is close tothe total world population in 1950. The growth will essentially be concentratedin the less developed countries. The growth in population would mean higherdemand for jobs and food, and the solution to these, is through economicdevelopment. Through the economic growth, the government will then befinancially capable to take care of the basic needs of the growing population.Furthermore, without economic development, environmentalconservation cannot be achieved easily. Many of the developed countries areable to put more focus on environmental conservation now because theireconomy is relatively developed. Thus, they are financially capable to investcapital in the area of environmental conservation. For example, Canada isinvesting a total of 190 million dollars to support sustainable environment intheir 2010 budget, this huge input to environmental conservation will not bepossible without economic development. Hence, it is important for developing

countries to first, developed their economy, then use the funds gained forenvironmental conservation.However, we should not sacrifice environment totally for economicdevelopment, as it is essential for long-term economic development of thecountry. If the environment is totally sacrificed for economic growth, in a longrun, the growth of economic may be affected due to shortage of naturalresources. For example, due the over extraction of iron during the earlyindustrialization period, Japan now has not natural source for iron, thus theindustries have to import it from other countries which incurred extra cost,resulting in loss of profit. Hence, we can see the need to ensure sustainabilityof environment.Also, environmental degradation may cause economic loss. The gainfrom economic development can be easily eroded to make up for the damageto environment, stunting economic development. For example, the estimatedcost of environmental damage in China is 8-10% of the Gross NationalProduct (GNP), which is the o
utput generated by a country's enterprises
,and for Ethiopia, it is 6-9% of the GNP. As such, the importance to ensureenvironmental conservation while striving for economic growth.It is also possible for developing countries to take care of botheconomic development and environmental conservation simultaneously. Forexample, through promotion of ecotourism. The Amazon rainforest is beingpromoted as a destination for ecotourism, natural park are set-up to conservethe forest while controlled number of tourist are allowed to visit the rainforestfor sight-seeing. In this way, both economic growth and environmentalconservation is taken care of.In conclusion, though it is important for developing countries to strivefor economic development, environmental conservation must not beneglected. Doing so, will result is even more undesired outcome brought byenvironmental degradation. The ultimate goal should be trying to find abalance between them and achieving both sitmultaneously.

Developing Countries Should Focus on Economic Development, Notenvironmental Conservation. Do You Agree? 7.3 of 10 on the basis of 1576 Review.