Do global market forces slow or grow habitat loss?
Who: Eric Lambin, School of Earth Sciences and Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University and Earth and Life Institute, University of Louvain, Belgium
When: April 3, 2014
Time: 4:30 PM
Where: WWF Conference Center; 1250 24th St N.W.; Washington, D.C. 20037
Eric Lambin divides his time between the University of Louvain (Belgium) and Stanford University, were he occupies the Ishiyama Provostial Professorship at the School of Earth Sciences and the Woods Institute for the Environment. His research tries to better understand patterns, causes, and impacts of land use changes in different parts of the world. He was Chair of the international scientific project Land Use and Land Cover Change (LUCC) from 1999 to 2005. He also contributed to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He was awarded the 2009 Francqui prize and is Foreign Associate at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. His current research tries to understand how economic globalization affects global land use, and the trade-offs between agricultural production and nature conservation.
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Seminar Abstract: A central challenge for sustainability is how to preserve forest ecosystems and their rich biodiversity while enhancing food production. This challenge for developing countries confronts the force of economic globalization, which seeks cropland and triggers deforestation. Land use changes are increasingly associated with commodities produced for global markets. Globalization can be harnessed to increase land use efficiency rather than leading to uncontrolled land use expansion. The final consumers of agricultural and wood commodities, the corporations involved in their transformation and retailing, and civil society show a growing concern for sustainability. These actors are starting to express a preference for goods whose supply chain has been certified as meeting sustainability criteria. These private actors have designed policy interventions to influence land use through global markets. I will discuss the effectiveness of the main market-based interventions to promote sustainable land use. Overall, there is a lack of rigorous studies on the effectiveness of new, private land use policies, but available evidence suggests some potentially positive direct and indirect beneficial impacts.