IPBES: a biodiversity platform in need of support

May 23, 2017

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published its first assessments in 2016, and is currently finalizing no less than five assessments to be presented for the approval of member states in 2018. However, despite the significance of its work, IPBES has not received support commensurate to the task that it was assigned to […]

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Taking action on global commodity supply chains: a tool for sustainable development

April 5, 2017

Palm oil production has demonstrable impacts in terms of environmental and social sustainability. The responsibility for these impacts lies as much with producer countries, especially in Southeast Asia, as with consumer countries, particularly in Europe, at the different levels of the associated value chain. How is this value chain organised? What are the power relations […]

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A monkey on the back of Davos

January 24, 2017

There have been two headlines in the news recently that should be viewed and analysed together. The first of these is the prediction that there will be a virtual extinction of nonhuman primates in 25 to 50 years. The second is the fear of an “end to globalization” expressed in Davos by various free trade […]

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COP13 – “Mainstreaming” biodiversity into the economy

December 5, 2016

Issues of the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Cancun, Mexico, 4-17 December 2016). The 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 13) will be marked by “mainstreaming”. Beyond the validation of indicators for monitoring the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Targets, […]

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REDD+ project performance: predicting the worst and promising the best?

September 28, 2016

REDD+ projects are part of a performance compensation rationale whereby carbon credits are sold mainly on the voluntary market. The study of two projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Madagascar however shows that this performance can be artificially constructed too easily. Despite the existence of certification schemes, the environmental integrity of these […]

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