• Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Land-based climate change mitigation, land grabbing and conflict

    This is the first Working Paper of the MOSAIC project, a 4-year international research project aimed at studying the interesection between land-based climate change mitigation, land grabbing and conflict, in Asian countries in political transition, i.e. Cambodia and Myanmar. The project involves grassroots civil society organizations, NGOs and academic partners from these two countries, the […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • How do biosphere reserves influence local vulnerability and adaptation?

    In a new paper led by my colleague Isabel Ruiz-Mallén and published online in the journal Global Environmental Change, we interrogate how biosphere reserves can influence local vulnerability and adaptation. Based on a comparative study of four rural communities in Mexico and Bolivia we explore if resource management regulations can increase vulnerability and compromise individual […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Valuing nature, paying for ecosystem services and realizing social justice

    In the latest volume of the journal Ecological Economics, I contribute to ongoing debates about the role of economic valuation in market-based conservation. I respond to an earlier piece by Brett Sylvester Matulis, nuance some of his arguments and set what I believe should be the new agenda for critical scholarship of market-based conservation. I […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Social equity matters in payments for ecosystem services

    Although conservation efforts have sometimes succeeded in meeting environmental goals at the expense of equity considerations, the changing context of conservation and a growing body of evidence increasingly suggest that equity considerations should be integrated into conservation planning and implementation. In an article recently published in the journal Bioscience, and led by my colleague Unai […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Global Environmental Change

    I’m pleased to inform you that a special issue entitled ‘Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Global Environmental Change: Research findings and policy directions‘ has been published in the open access journal Ecology & Society. Together with my colleagues Erik Gómez-Baggethun and Victoria Reyes-García, we put together a very good collection of articles reflecting on the dynamics […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Deaf and blind? Why I am troubled about the future of PES research

    Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) have emerged as a potential tool to achieve conservation in diverse socio-economic and cultural contexts. Empirical research with examples from the global North and South is booming. Many studies focus on how payments translate in additional service provision (i.e. effectiveness) and/or if they contribute to benefit targeted land users whilst […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • REDD+… what for and for whose interest?

    I just came back from fieldwork in Argentina. Jointly with Phd candidate Almudena García-Sastre, we visited the soy expansion frontier in the north-western province of Salta. Soy plantations are encroaching into the great Chaco forest, the second largest and diverse ecosystem in America after the Amazon. Over the past decade, deforestation has been rampant in the […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Problematizing REDD+…

    In a new paper entitled “Problematizing REDD+ as an experiment in payments for ecosystem services” and published in the leading journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, I shed light on a few problems and contradictions of the current global policy framework for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, and sustainably managing forest (REDD+). I argue […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Nou llibre sobre Pagament per Serveis Ambientals

    Els Pagaments per Serveis Ambientals (PSA) estan de moda en el món de la conservació de la biodiversitat i de la gestió del medi natural. Però, què són exactament els PSA? Quins són els resultats d’algunes experiències d’arreu del món en termes de conservació ambiental i desenvolupament? Quina relació tenen els PSA amb l’actual estratègia […]