• 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
  • 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
  • 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 […]

  • Climate change mitigation
  • Bioenergy and sustainable development: what evidence for policy-making?

    The use and expansion of bioenergy, understood widely as energy derived from any form of biomass such as recently living organisms or their metabolic by-products, has sparked an intense debate on whether it can contribute to climate mitigation and sustainable development. This article, co-authored with other IPCC colleagues, represents one of the most comprehensive systematic reviews […]

  • Climate change mitigation
  • Carbon offsets: accommodation or resistance?

    In this themed issue published in the journal Environment and Planning A, we contribute to ongoing debates analysing the effects of climate-offsetting activities at different scales and on different peoples and ecologies. The starting point of the issue is, first, our conviction that carbon offsetting deserves scrutiny to ensure the continuous evaluation of climate policy instruments, in order […]

  • 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 […]