An Holistic Approach to Conservation.

Definitions:-  [from the O.E.D]

                    Holism. (noun)
                                  1. Chiefly Philosophy; the theory that certain wholes are greater than the sum of their parts. The opposite of atomism.
                                  2. Medicine; the treating of the whole person, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.

                     Holistic. (adjective)
                                   1. Chiefly Philosophy; characterized by the belief that the parts of something are explicable only by reference to the whole.
                                   2. Medicine treating the whole person rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.

                     Holistically (adverb)

A more 'modern' application might be defined as 'Joined-up-thinking'; a quality sadly lacking in many of our conservationists.

For example: if one removes too many sheep from a hill to 'conserve' a particular plant from the 'percieved' dangers of overgrazing, then the vegetation becomes not only rank and unpalatable but the stronger plants smother the weaker, frequently the very plant that one was trying to conserve in the first instance.

See 'Hill Sheep', 'Hill Cattle' and 'The Burren'.

By ignoring the holistic approach to conservation, and leaving 'Man's requirements' out of the equation, one will end up in a state of 'Cognitive Dissonance', where the cure becomes worse than the disease.

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