Covid-19: Confined thoughts

A new day of confinement at home, one of many to come. We have organized the confinement into blocks of time. We get up at 7.30, have breakfast together and we work for a couple of hours: Pol does homework, Jana draws or plays, and I prepare my online classes, respond to emails and advance some writing. Subsequently, we do a ‘collective research project’. We have chosen together a set of topics that are mostly…

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Covid-19: Pensaments confinats

És un nou dia de confinament a casa, un de molts que estan per venir. Hem organitzat el confinament en blocs de temps. Ens llevem a l’hora de sempre, esmorzem plegats i ens posem a ‘estudiar’ un parell d’hores: el Pol fa deures, la Jana dibuixa o juga, i jo treballo una mica. Després fem un projecte ‘de recerca’. Hem escollit un conjunt de temes que anirem desenvolupant els propers dies. Després d’investigar, juguem abans…

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Beyond market logics in PES

As originally conceived, Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes provide conditional cash transfers directed to poor farmers and land users in exchange for greener land use practices that enhance carbon sequestration, water provision, or biodiversity protection. Two decades of experience with the PES approach has demonstrated that few, if any, initiatives conform to the assumptions that underlie the original economic model. This collection of articles, guest edited by Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza, Pamela McElwee, Gert van Hecken…

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Climate policies, natural resources and conflict: Implications for development

The journal Climate Policy has published a new special issue focused on climate change policies, natural resources management and conflict, and the linkages of these policies and processes with development in the global South. Guest edited by Dik Roth (Wageningen University), Courtney Work (National Chengchi University) and myself, the special issue encompasses eight articles which engage critically with REDD+, renewable energy, and adaptation and resilience interventions, among others. The collection reveals that certain hegemonic discourses,…

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Regrow forests with people

In a Letter led by Rose Pritchard and Dan Brockington (University of Sheffield), published in Nature last Thursday, we respond to a recent Commentary in the same journal by Lewis et al. The authors advocate for increasing carbon sequestration uptake through forest restoration, in order to mitigate climate change. Lewis et al. call to do so promoting the growth and protection of ‘natural forests’, particularly in tropical and sub-tropical countries, and avoiding the use of…

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