Biodiversity conservation & management Environment & Human Development

The fatal attraction

In a new paper in Conservation Letters, a groups of scientists working on the design, implementation and critical assessment of Payments for Ecosystem Services, have warned against the possible risks of such conservation tools. The risks are somewhat similar to those faced by Integrated Conservation and Development Projects, and include among others the need to pay attention to institutional design principles (and the latter’s effect on outcomes) and to possible negative effects on local conservation…

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Biodiversity conservation & management Ecological economics Environment & Human Development Political ecology

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 that REDD+ promotes the commodification of ecosystems’ carbon storage and sequestration functions on a global scale and it is consistent…

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Biodiversity conservation & management Climate change mitigation Environment & Human Development

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 de la Convenció Marc sobre el Canvi Climàtic per a la reducció de la deforestació, de la degradació forestal i…

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