This report sets out how we are losing biodiversity at a faster rate than ever. According to the report global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles have already declined by 58% between 1970 and 2012. And this trend is expected to continue due to our overexploitation of ecological resources. The report argues that “transitioning toward a resilient planet entails a transformation in which human development is decoupled from environmental degradation and social exclusion.”
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A central theme of this book is that the “concept of the Green Economy offers a new model, based primarily on large-scale technological solutions. But the Green Economy cares little about politics, barely registers human rights, does not recognize social actors and suggests the possibility of reform without conflict. It suggests that the world as we know it can continue with green growth.”
The introduction notes that: “Green Economy is a source of both hope and controversy. For some, it points the way out of permanent environmental and economic crises and promises to reconcile – a long cherished Utopia – ecology and economics. It fosters the hope that we can hang on to our current high standard of material prosperity.”
The GGKP was established in January 2012 by the Global Green Growth Institute, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank. It is a global network that “offers practitioners and policymakers the policy guidance, good practices, tools, and […]
Does recognising that coastal and marine ecosystems capture carbon emissions mean an economic value should be placed on them? Or will this lead to more competition to control these areas? The Blue Carbon Initiative hosted by Conservation International and IUCN defines blue carbon as “the […]
This report argues that REDD+, a mechanism to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, is a “not a solution to climate change” and instead locks in the existing model of industrial agriculture which is one of the drivers of deforestation and therefore contributing to climate change.
This report strongly criticises the green economy arguing it is a false solution to address climate change. GJEP say it is too late to simply reform the global economy. It needs to be transformed.
Is valuing nature as natural capital the way to reduce environmental degradation or a dangerous distraction that will commodify the environment? Alongside debates on if we should value natural capital is another question that is very rarely asked: who should value nature? This exclusive interview with Pavan Sukhdev is […]
The conference will be held between 8-10 July 2014 in Tanzania With its full title of Green Economy in the South: Negotiating Environmental Governance, Prosperity and Development this conference will bring together academics, researchers and civil society organisations to critically discuss the particular impact of […]
Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) / June 2012 According to the WAVES partnership Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the main tool we use to measure economic activity but it does not measure several important areas such as: Loss of species and […]
A synthesis of the approach, conclusions and recommendations of TEEB /The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity / 2010 The TEEB research forms the core reference point for current thinking on the valuation of nature. This synthesis report was presented at the Convention on Biological Diversity […]