Pricing Nature

Financialization of ‘NATURE’

There is a long history of putting a price on parts of nature. The centuries-old corporate rush for prized timber and land has led to the loss of forests on a large scale and the violation of communities’ rights. So-called “ecosystem services,” such as the role that forests play in ecosystems, are a new way of monetizing and trading in nature. The result is greater dispossession of forest-dependent communities and ongoing corporate destruction of community territories.

Creating more biodiversity

From Biodiversity Offsets to Ecosystem Engineering: New Threats to Communities and Territories

The World of Speculation and Green Bonds

Out of these domestic simplifications about the capitalist economy, a rather convenient fantasy has also been born: abstinence theory. According to this, corporations emerged on the basis of decisions made by entrepreneurial people.

Total announces further land grabs to offset its emissions

The project, which will plant non-native acacia trees, will be managed by its own Nature Based Solutions Unit. Total, in partnership with the French timber consultancy Forêt Ressources Management (FRM), aims to also produce timber from the industrial plantation in order to generate further profits.

Climatology / Ideology

Climatologists who insist that it is their duty to policymakers to confine their research to following greenhouse gas molecules and energy transfers are not necessarily always your friends. Like most everybody else, they are ideologists who – even if usually unconsciously, and with whatever good intentions – are taking sides in profoundly intercultural struggles involving class, race and gender whose origins go back to long before the Industrial Revolution.

Green Climate Fund support for REDD+

REDD+ refers to a process moderated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which supports countries' efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and foster conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.