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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IUCN World Conservation Congress: Innovating for biodiversity conservation in protected areas

September 5, 2016

At the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii (United States), held from 1st to 10th September, governments and environmental organizations will gather to discuss nature conservation issues. At this event IDDRI is releasing a study on innovative schemes for helping African countries to better fund and manage their protected areas. They are innovative in that they […]

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IPBES: politically relevant? Let’s try it!

May 23, 2016

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is entering a new phase of its existence and is settling into the institutional landscape. In parallel to considerations about this institution as an intergovernmental body (its approach, its comprising social groups, and ideological and epistemological fault lines…), it is now time to examine IPBES […]

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