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 ethics and behaviour. The article can be found here.

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 with market-based conservation approaches and the ‘neoliberalization canadian pharmacy of nature’. REDD+ is therefore problematized on the grounds that, first, eases a transition from an ethically informed conservation ethos to a utilitarian one that simplifies nature and undermines socio-ecological resilience; second, relies on a single valuation language that may crowd-out conservation motivations in the short and long term; and, last, is sustained on a ‘multiple-win’ discourse that in practice lacks procedural legitimacy in many developing countries and reproduces existing inequities and forms of social exclusion. The argument is developed drawing on PES literature and insights from critical theorists and practitioners of nature conservation.

You can already read the article online here

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 per la millora de la gestió forestal (coneguda com a REDD+)? En el llibre “El Pagament per Serveis Ambientals, la Conservació Forestal, i el Canvi Climàtic” hi trobareu les respostes.