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 […]
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The stated aim of the proposal for a framework Law of Mother Earth is to “begin a transition to a new model based on the principle of living well in harmony with nature” (“Vivir Bien” in Spanish). The objective of the law is to “guarantee the co-existence and preservation of life” by recognising that Mother Earth is a subject with rights. As the proposal says, “this is an attempt to create a new legal framework that goes beyond human rights”.
Global Justice Ecology Project / January 2012 This video includes interviews with indigenous and local communities who are critical of the scheme known as REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) that proposes to pay developing countries to keep their forests standing. They argue REDD […]
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 […]
Radio clips by organisations that oppose the financialization of nature There is currently a fierce debate on whether the environment should be valued as natural capital. Critics reject the concept of natural capital saying nature has an intrinsic value which is priceless. They argue that […]
New article by Tony Juniper published on 23 April 2014: Framing natural capital: economy and ecology are not in competition Earlier article by Tony Juniper published in August 2012: We must put a price on nature if we are going to save it Environmentalist Tony Juniper has […]
New article by George Monbiot published on 22 April 2014: Can you put a price on the beauty of the natural world? Earlier article published in August 2012: Putting a price on the rivers and rain diminishes us all George Monbiot argues against valuing nature via […]
The ICAEW has launched a new project to “explore what we mean by economic success, the role that GDP and profit play in this, and the potential for broader measures of economic success to help us balance our economic priorities, our social goals, and the constraints imposed on us by the natural environment we live in.”
Building Green Economies / World Wildlife Fund (WWF) / October 2012 This comprehensive report gives an overview of why it is urgent to begin the transition to a green economy. Read report The first part of this report from WWF sets out why the transition […]
Transnational Institute (TNI) / November 2011 Venezuelan academic Edgardo Lander critiques the proposal for a green economy put forward by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which he says is the key reference document being used by almost all other multilateral bodies. He concludes the […]