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Frei Betto

Nature for Sale (Frei Betto)

Frei Betto / April 2012 Brazilian author Frei Betto argues the objective of concepts such as natural capital and ecosystem services, also known as the green economy, is to commodify nature for a new source of profits as a way out of the financial crisis. He […]

Biodiversity Planning Toolkit

Biodiversity Planning Toolkit

Developed by a partnership of United Kingdom government bodies and environment organisations. Coordinated by the Association of Local Government Ecologists. The toolkit provides users with detailed information on ecosystems and scenarios showing how biodiversity can be managed. Toolkit It identifies categories of habitats and species found […]

Natural capital accounts

What is natural capital accounting? (Business Green)

Will Nichols / Business Green / December 2012 This article gives an overview of the process of including natural capital in national and company accounts. This approach was the main focus of the Rio+20 conference and is being worked on by the UN Environment Programme […]

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Put a value on nature! (Pavan Sukhdev)

Pavan Sukhdev / TED talk / July 2011 Pavan Sukhdev blog April 2014, Huffington Post: Valuing Natural Capital: What Next and Why? Pavan Sukhdev is one of the key thinkers behind the idea of recognising the economic value of nature’s services. In this TED talk he says […]

Green Economy Coalition

The Green Economy Pocketbook (Green Economy Coalition)

Green Economy Coalition / June 2012 This pocketbook argues for the transition to a green economy to tackle the economic recession and severe degradation of the environment. The Green Economy Coalition brings together different actors including research institutes, NGOs, UN organisations, business and trade unions. Read report […]

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Financialization of Nature (Attac TV)

Financialization of Nature / Attac TV / June 2012 This animated film by European civil society groups argues the green economy will result in financial speculation based on nature’s services. In recent years the financial sector has become more important relative to the productive economy. Up […]

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The narrow road of Payments for Ecosystem Services (Martyn Murray)

Martyn Murray / IUCN – Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group / March 2013 Murray picks through the main debates around Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes. He argues definitions are becoming too broad because they are including very diverse types of ecosystem services such […]

People's Summit at Rio+20

Declaration of the People’s Summit at Rio+20

Civil Society People’s Summit / Rio de Janeiro / June 2012 Final Declaration of the People’s Summit at Rio+20 for Social and Environmental Justice in Defense of the Commons, against the Commodification of Life.   Key paragraphs of the civil society statement include: Social and […]

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Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation workshop report (ESPA)

Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation / May 2012 The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) research programme was set up in 2010. Its goal is to “ensure that, in developing countries, ecosystems are being sustainably managed in a way that contributes to poverty reduction as […]

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