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Economic Growth and Valuation of the Environment

A Debate

Edited by Ekko C. Van Ierland, Jan van der Straaten and Herman Vollebergh

The debate on the valuation of nature and the environment, sustainable national income and economic growth is one of prime importance in environmental economics. Economic Growth and Valuation of the Environment deals with the fundamental approaches to calculating sustainable national income and their implications for the valuation of the environment.
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Chapter 12: An appreciation of Dr Roefie Hueting's ecological work

Robert Goodland


12. An appreciation of Dr Roefie Hueting’s ecological work Robert Goodland 1 INTRODUCTION This chapter honours the ecological contributions made by the economist Dr Roefie Hueting, and constitutes a biographical appreciation of his life work in this field. Hueting’s career is long and extraordinarily productive – mainly in economics. His economic contributions are dealt with by other authors in this volume, and are outlined in the bibliography appended to this chapter. On its own, the attached bibliography attests to Hueting’s enormous contribution to ecological economics, and reinforces this tribute. Hueting has contributed greatly to the interface between economics and ecology or environment in many spheres. This chapter briefly outlines what, in my opinion, are his main achievements in ecological economics, with emphasis on the former. Three caveats. First, let me warn readers that I am an ecologist, and possess no background in economics. However, I have had the great fortune of meeting Dr Hueting many times, of reading and using much of his œuvre, and have been party to many discussions of his work by himself, Salah El Serafy and Herman Daly over the last 17 years. The second caveat is that this chapter is a personal appreciation by a friend and admirer, and does not pretend to be a comprehensive audit. The third caveat is my lack of familiarity with the Dutch language. This chapter is based only on Hueting’s publications in English. Because of this, his contributions are significantly understated in this chapter. Wherever possible,...

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