Nature

A clear and objective definition of nature as a countryside value is difficult. It could be defined as that part of our environment that is not affected by any anthropogenic influences. This definition would limit nature only to the largest jungle, the deepest sea, and the highest mountain and even this would be disputable. A more workable definition is the following: Nature is that part of the environment that is not dominated by anthropogenic influences and where natural processes are more or less in balance. This definition excludes, for example, cropland and includes, for example, forest, which also is used for production of wood.

An other approach is not to speak of nature as a countryside value as such, but to speak of land with a certain nature-value. This approach is most popular in highly developed and densily populated countries, which have almost no land that is not under more or less total human control.

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