• Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Payments for Environmental Services: a theory-informed review

    Building on a theory-based approach to synthesize research on the effectiveness of PES in achieving environmental objectives and socio-economic co-benefits, this article led by Jan Börner and published in World Development highlights the role of (1) contextual dimensions (e.g., political, institutional, and socio-economic conditions, spatial heterogeneity in environmental service values and provision costs, and interactions with pre-existing […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Redeeming REDD+? A critical review of Michael Brown’s book

    Since 2005, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has worked to establish a cooperation agenda where the Convention’s Annex I parties can incentivize the reduction of land-use related emissions in sub-tropical and tropical countries. Many viewed the original vision to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD), and the role of […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Six thoughts on ‘the carbon fix’

    The following paragraphs present my reflections after reading four chapters of the book ‘The Carbon Fix’ (2016), edited by Stephanie Paladino and Shirley Fiske, and which I had the honor to preface. I acted as a discussant of these contributions in the recently held Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anthropologists, Minneapolis, 19th November 2016. — […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Our life as Rarámuri’s in the forests

    The photo voice exhibition “Our life as Rarámuri’s in the forests”, i.e. Nuestra Vida Rarámuri en el Bosque (in Spanish), has now been opened to the general public at the National Museum of Cultures, in central Mexico City. The exhibition is an effort led by members of the Rarámuri community of Kwechi, located in the Western Sierra […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Evidence on the Effectiveness of Tropical Forest Conservation

    The PLOS ONE Collection “Measuring forest conservation effectiveness” brings together a series of studies that evaluate the effectiveness of tropical forest conservation policies and programs with the goal of measuring conservation success and associated co-benefits. http://collections.plos.org/forest-conservation-effectiveness In the overview piece, we describes the geographic and methodological scope of the studies, as well as the policy instruments […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Cash only? Preferences for a PES contract in Chiapas, Mexico

    Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) have been promoted worldwide as a means to incentivise biodiversity, forest conservation and sustainable forest management. Mexico has been at the forefront of PES implementation since 2003, and the country has now more than 2.6 million hectares under a variety of PES contracts. In a new article, led by Sébastien […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Lessons for Research Policy and Practice: The Case of Co-enquiry Research with Rural Communities

    Have you ever worked in multi-partner projects aimed at working for rather than with communities? Have you experienced the challenges of doing so? How have you overcome such challenges and transform them into opportunities? In this article, we explore the relationship between institutional funding for research and community-based or co-enquiry research practice. We describe the implementation of […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Incentivising REDD+?

    This article, led by my former MSc student Tessa Dunlop, investigates the current state of development and performance of REDD+ benefit-sharing mechanisms in five countries. Benefit distribution plays a central role in incentivizing action in REDD+. Conceived as a global performance-based incentive mechanism to reduce land-use emissions in developing countries, REDD+ involves changes in resource […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Justice and conservation: the need to incorporate recognition

    In light of the Aichi target to manage protected areas equitably by 2020, we ask in this article how the conservation sector should be incorporating concerns for social justice. We focus in particular on ‘recognition’, because it is the least well understood aspect of environmental justice, and yet highly relevant to conservation because of its concern […]