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Ongdash A. O, Ongdashuly E, Useinova K. R, Useynova G. R, Chukubayev Y. S, Amandosuly B. Antiulcer Effect of Commiphora Molmol Engl. (Burceraceae) Oleo-Gum-Resin and its Interaction With Ranitidine, As Demonstrated by Histological Studies. Biosci Biotechnol Res Asia 2015;12(3)
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Natural Resource Potential of the World Economy Under Globalization

Ainur O.Ongdash1, Ernur Ongdashuly2, Karlygash Rakymjanovna Useinova3, Gulnara Rakymjanovna Useynova4, Yermek Samarovich Chukubayev5 and Bagdat Amandosuly6

1PhD doctor, associate professor of Chair of International Relations and World Economy of Department of International Relations, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. Almaty, Kazakhstan 2Master’s degree of jurisprudence,Teacher of chair «Sate and law theory and history, constitutional and admistrative law» of faculty of law, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. Almaty, Kazakhstan 3Candidate’s degree in jurisprudence sciences,Associate professor of chair «Sate and law theory and history, constitutional and admistrative law» of faculty of law, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. Almaty, Kazakhstan 4Doctor in jurisprudence sciences, Professor of chair «Sate and law theory and history, constitutional and admistrative law» of faculty of law, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. Almaty, Kazakhstan 5Candidate’s degree in Historical Sciences, associate professor of Chair of International Relations and World Economy of Department of International Relations, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.Almaty, Kazakhstan 6Student of PhD, senior lecturer of Chair of International law of Department of International Relations, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. Almaty, Kazakhstan    

DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.13005/bbra/1949

ABSTRACT: The article deals with the essence of “natural resource potential” and “natural resources” concepts. The main tendencies in the strategy of the economic growth of the world economy are revealed. Ways for the world economy development are offered basing on the natural resource potential preservation. The “green economy” concept directly relating to effective use of natural resources is considered.

KEYWORDS: natural resource potential; natural resources; natural capital; globalization; green economy

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Various approaches to the definition of the “natural resource potential” and “natural resources” concepts are observed in the scientific literature. The total productivity of natural resources and conditions of the complex society needs satisfaction (environmental, social, economic, recreational, cultural) is comprehended as the natural resource potential.

The natural resource potential is judged mainly by the nature diversity, quantitative and qualitative composition and availability of natural resources, environment quality compliance with accepted standards and norms.

Natural resources represent natural components and nature forces, which are used or can be used as means of production and consumption goods to meet the society’s material and mental needs, to improve the quality of people’s life. Actually resources are understood as energy, matter, information which is an initial source for functioning, development, existence of a specific system. Use of natural resources leads to their transformation into the nature productive forces, directly related to the social production efficiency, and is the potential for the further social development. The natural resources are considered as a part of the geographical environment by its material essence. According to A.A. Mintz, natural resources are “natural bodies and forces, which can be used at this level of the productive forces development and of the study to meet the human society’s needs as participation in the physical activity” [5].

M.F. Reimers notes that natural resources are nature objects and events, used currently and in future for direct and indirect consumption, help in creation of material wealth, in reproduction of human resources, in maintenance of human existence conditions, in improvement of life quality, including nature phenomena. The “natural resources” category refers to a direct connection of the nature with human activities, often resulting in negative social phenomena, causing great harm to nature [9].

The classification of natural resources by V. Polterovich, V. Popov and A. Tonis [8] are of interest as well as the determination of characteristics of concentrated natural resources (such as oil, gas, since most exported goods).

According to V. Polterovich, V. Popov and A. Tonis, the natural resources can be divided into two types: point (oil, gas, coal, minerals) and diffuse (forest, fish, water, land). [8] J. Isham, M. Woolсoсk, L. Pritсhett and G. Busby distinguish point resources among natural resources, which are extracted from a narrowed geographic or economic base (oil and gas), crop plantation (cocoa, bananas) and diffuse natural resources extracted from a wider geographical or economic basis [15]

The most significant features of the point natural resources according the classification by V. Polterovich, V. Popov and A. Tonis are shown in Fig. 1.


Fig. 1. Features of point natural resources Source: designed by the Author [8]. Figure 1: Features of point natural resources Source: designed by the Author [8].

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Polterovich, V. Popov and A. Tonis note that these features of point natural resources as commodities determine the specifics of their markets [8]: 1) oligopolistic market – concentration of few large companies; 2) active participation of the state in the natural resource production and trade; 3) High efficiency of resource exploration industries contribute to the mining sector be more attractive for investment and human resources compared to the non-resource sectors; 4) the market insufficiency, which mostly caused by poor creation of strong externalities at investment and human resources for other industries, insignificantly affect the increment of employees’ new knowledge and professional development; 5) simplicity of the technology used in the mining industry, combined with high profitability of the export, reduce the effectiveness of foreign capital attracting; 6) risk of nationalization. The sharp rise in raw materials price worldwide led to more independent behavior of countries rich in natural resources, which are tightening conditions for foreign investors’ access to the resource stock by changing investment terms, explaining by unfair share of the profits obtained. As a result, the hydrocarbon production is increasingly controlled by nationalized giants.

The value of natural resource potential is an element of the national wealth and can be quantitatively represented only through cost parameters in the so-called national cadastral or world prices. Typically, the natural resource potential is quantitatively characterized as the amount of values ​​of basic types of the natural resources.

The composition and the ratio of the main types of natural resources in the natural resource potential is its component structure. The potential functional structure means the composition and the ratio of the main types of natural resources in their participation in the territorial labor division.

The territorial structure of the natural resource potential is principal forms and types of the territorial spread or concentration of natural resources and is an important concept to determine the maximum amount of natural resources that can be used harmlessly for the existence and development of nature systems and human.

The “natural resource potential” concept is closely related to the “natural capital” concept. The ratio of these concepts is actively discussed in the literature.

I.P. Derevyago understands the natural capital as a set of natural resources, which may contribute to the national wealth increase over a long period of time, and objectively required for reproduction. [3]

S.K. Harichkov considers the natural capital as a set of natural resources which are used or can be used in the production of goods. In his opinion, the natural capital is a stock of assets of the natural environment, providing a flow of valuable goods and services in future. This flow is “natural income”, and what provides it – “natural capital” [11].

The natural capital is described most significantly as a source of actual flow of natural resources by R. Costanza, H. Daly [13]. This term covers both a set of natural resources and the environment. Components of the natural capital are:

  • non-renewable natural capital (non-renewable energy resources);
  • renewable or cyclically used natural capital (non-energy mineral resources);
  • renewable and potentially renewable natural capital (environment in general).

M.A. Nevskaya and V.L. Trushevsky believe that the “natural resource potential” category should be understood wider than the “natural capital”. They define the latter as natural resources with the established right and involved into the economic circulation (Fig. 2) [7].

Fig. 2. The natural resource potential structure Figure 2: The natural resource potential structure

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Fast economic growth in developed economies in the second half of the twentieth century and in “young” economies in China, India, Brazil and South-East Asia, at the end of the ХХ century – at the beginning of the XXI century, caused mostly by the involvement of significant natural resources into the national economy to increase the industrial production rate.

The dominated raw material resource tendencies in the strategies of the economic growth (especially developing countries) result in significant reduction of natural resources. Restriction (deficit) of resources for many economies (Table. 1) and strict competition lead to changes in economic rules and global competition.

Table 1: Main Natural Resources for the Economic Systems, 2012

Region/Country Resource / Characteristics


World Share, % Procurement, years
Oil, mln tons
Europe 2455,4 1,3 9
Russia 14920,0 7,7 32
Asia 115316 59,8 83
Africa 15417,4 8,0 35
America 44108,9 22,9 48
Australia and Oceania 513,6 0,3 21
Natural gas, billion m3
Europe 6458,1 3,7 68
Russia 47544,0 27,4 73
Asia 86944,1 50,1 54
Africa 14085,3 8,1 62
America 14577,3 8,4 75
Australia and Oceania 4066,8 2,3 56
Coal (all types), mln tons
Reserves in place Confirmed reserves, to be extracted World Share in mineral resources, %
Europe 591093 91825 13,6
Russia 271757 193771 6,3
Asia 1451146 266887 33,4
Africa 109868 55093 2,5
America 1225937 317347 28,2
Australia and Oceania 690833 97873 16,0

Source: [4].

Global competition in this century is first of all a struggle between countries for limited resources, especially, natural ones. Under rising global competition, resource costs, significant price uncertainty, the question arises about the strategy development for resource procurement in countries searching for permanent increase of efficiency and productivity.

The world economy has passed the stage when the natural resources were key factors. The crisis spreading through the whole planet confirms the need to find ways for the further development, based on the preservation of natural resource potential.

The concept of sustainable development was accepted at UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. The main idea of this concept is to ensure the social and economic development, which will maintain and expand opportunities currently available without any harm for future generations. The process of searching for an effective model to implement this concept accelerated due to the recent economic crisis and returned the researchers to “green economy”. According to M. Kennet, only “green economy” is able to stabilize the economic system and to balance the human’s interests, nature and efficient use of resources [16].

The “green economy” term was first used in the “Green Economy Project” paper [18], which is a software text for supporters of this new discipline, focused upon the sustainable development economy.

Since the United Nations started the Green Economy Initiative (GEI) in 2008, this concept is constantly discussed being a subject of plenty of definitions and interpretations. Besides, other terms such as “green growth” or “economy greening” have been recently spread. These terms are interchangeably used for a wide range of industries, for example energy or natural resource management.

UN characterizes the “green economy” as an economy providing the population welfare and reducing environmental risks. General characteristics of “green” economy are as follows: effective and efficient use of natural resources, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and implementation of new, “green” technologies [2].

General principles of the “green economy” are stipulated in UNEP documents (eg, “UNEP Global Green New Deal”) where the definition is offered: the green economy is an economic activity, “one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities”[10].

The “green economy” policy is officially adopted by the OECD in 2009 as the strategic direction (“OECD Green Growth Strategy”) [17]. “Roadmap to Resource Efficient Europe” and “Green Economy Strategy” are official documents in this field in Europe. “Roadmap for moving to a low carbon economy” is adopted for Asian and Pacific Region [14]. The Russian model of “green economy” is present in the “2020 Strategy” report, the Concept for moving to a “green economy” is developed in Kazakhstan [12].

According to UNEP experts, a “green” scenario for the global economy development (providing for annual investment into the technologies of about 1.3 trillion dollars) may ensure exceeding of the total actual GDP by 16% and per capita GDP – by 14% and reduction of the world economy demand in energy by 48% by 2050 compared to the baseline scenario [6].

Forecast indicators of investment of additional 2% of GDP for the “green economy” development in comparison with the results of their contribution into the ordinary scenario are presented in Table. 2.

Table 2: Forecast indicators of the economy development under the traditional and “green” scenarios



2011 2030 2050
Evaluation Traditional scenario “Green” scenario, % Traditional scenario “Green” scenario, %
GDP (USD trillion) 69 344 119 307 2,7 172 049 15,7
GDP per capita (USD) 9 992 14 577 2,4 19 476 13,9
Total employment (mln people) 3 187 4 204 -1,5 4 836 0,6
Forest area (bln Ha) 3,94 3,83 7,9 3,71 21,0
Water demand (km3 /year) 4 864 6 78 -13,2 8 434 -21,6
Emission to biological capacity ratio 1,51 1,84 -21,5 2,23 -47,9
Primary energy demand (mln t oil equivalent / year) 12 549 17 755 -19,6 21 687 -39,8

Source: [6].

The concept of efficient use of natural resources is directly related to the green economy concept, since moving to a “green economy” depends on the solution of two related tasks to maintain the ecosystem structure and functions (ecosystem stability) and to reveal the ways for reduction of resources use in the production and consumption, and for reduction of their impact on the environment (resource efficiency).

According to N.V. Bagrov, the main difference between the “green economy” from previous economic theories is the “natural capital” involved into the market process and its consideration as self-generating sector of the economy. “Green economy” transforms relations with natural resources, makes to review the fundamental issues of the nature and society relationship, a look at the man’s role in the world, at his place in the nature, which vary depending on the regional specificity, provides the economic progress and political stability by the nature involvement into the capital and productive force structure [1].

Thus, the “green economy” model has arisen in answer to modern challenges, related to the natural capital degradation. According to UNEP, there is no universal solution for moving to a “green economy.” All activities should be linked to characteristics and the natural heritage in each country, to a level of its development, the effective function of its institutions, as well as the type and extent of the market mechanism defects, priority sectors, targets and other factors specific to the particular situation.


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