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Nature, in the broadest sense, is the natural, physical, or material world or universe. "Nature" can refer to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. The study of nature is a large, if not the only, part of science. Although humans are part of nature, human activity is often understood as a separate category from other natural phenomena.

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Organizations relating to Nature

European ECO Forum / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1993
World Heritage Fund / Paris, France / Est. 1976
Forum Internacional para la Naturaleza y el Turismo / Madrid, Spain
PRO SILVA / Aberystwyth, UK / Est. 1989
Latin American Network for Research on Bioactive Natural Compounds / Est. 1993
European Centre of New Technologies for the Management of Natural and Technological Major Hazards / Moscow, Russia / Est. 1990
African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources / Est. 1968
Friends of the Earth International / Amsterdam, Netherlands / Est. 1971
Ibero-American Network of Biosphere Reserves and MAB Committees / Paris, France / Est. 1993
Prince Bernhard Centre for International Nature Conservation / Utrecht, Netherlands
World Network of Biosphere Reserves / Paris, France / Est. 1971
Andean Patagonian Naturalist Society / Rio Negro, Argentina / Est. 1991
International Natural Zeolite Association / Chestnut Hill MA, USA / Est. 2005
Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas / Tunis, Tunisia / Est. 1985
UNESCO Office for the Pacific States / Apia, Samoa / Est. 1984
Benelux Convention on Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1982
Middle-East Nature Conservation Promotion Association
Sierra Club International Program / Oakland CA, USA / Est. 1972
Baltic Fund for Nature / St Petersburg, Russia / Est. 1995
Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserve Network / Jakarta, Indonesia / Est. 1998
Natura 2000 Network / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1992
Cooperation Agreement on the Forecast, Prevention and Mitigation of Natural and Technological Disasters / Est. 1992
Plant a Tree in Africa / Swindon, UK
Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean / Athens, Greece / Est. 1995
European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism / Lampeter, UK

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World Problems relating to Nature

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Natural environmental degradation from recreation and tourism
Natural environment degradation
Irreversible environmental trends
Natural hazards to aircraft
Natural toxins in food
Contamination by natural radiation
Fragmentation of natural habitat
Natural human abortion
Destruction of wilderness
Criminal offences against the environment
Disruption of the hydrological cycle
Sexual manipulation of domestic animals and plants
Environmental degradation by off-road and all-terrain vehicles
Destruction of natural barriers
Natural pollutants
Hazards to human health in the natural environment
Degradation of flora and fauna habitats
Vulnerability of protected natural areas
Threatened natural habitats
Environmental stress of natural systems
Destruction of wildlife habitats
Irreversible depletion of natural capital
Disturbance to wildlife patterns of movement
Decline of human relationship to nature
Extermination of wild animal natural prey

Action Strategies relating to Nature

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Providing rapid emergency response
Protecting against hazards to human health in the natural environment
Conserving nature
Developing mineral resources
Charging for access to nature
Designing ecologically
Spiritualizing nature
Capturing environmental value
Studying natural history
Using agroecology
Building ecologically
Preserving natural ecosystems
Farming organically
Ensuring comprehensive system of protected areas
Reviewing conservation issues
Managing natural areas
Connecting people to natural rhythms
Learning from the wild
Saving natural rain resource
Conserving wildlife habitat
Limiting animal migration
Protecting the environment during warfare
Promoting environmentally friendly paper products
Fostering breastfeeding
Encouraging community groupings

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