Natural Capital’s future in UK policy after Brexit and the Protocol

  • Posted on 27th July 2016
Natural Capital’s future in UK policy after Brexit and the Protocol

Natural capital — a term for the earth’s natural resources and support systems that benefit human society — is the underlying focus of our environmental laws and policies. The Clean Air and (Clean) Water Acts of the US and UK are two aptly-named examples of previous policies designed to protect natural resources. At present, in Europe, the EU Circular Economy…

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International Climate Change: What does next week’s conference in Lima hold?

  • Posted on 27th November 2014
International Climate Change: What does next week’s conference in Lima hold?

On 1 December representatives of the 196 parties (member countries) to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will gather in Lima for the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) international meeting. The climate negotiations have in recent years – especially since the conspicuous failure of parties at Copenhagen in 2009 to agree an international treaty – tended to…

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Exploring the Critical Features of a Global Agreement to Tackle Deforestation

  • Posted on 8th October 2014
Exploring the Critical Features of a Global Agreement to Tackle Deforestation

The issue of deforestation and forest degradation, as explained in our previous analysis piece, has to be addressed urgently by donor and tropical forest countries alike. At present, these governments face the challenge of creating new regulatory frameworks to protect the world’s tropical forests. This, however, cannot be achieved without the collaboration of the private sector, a non-state actor which…

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Talking Climate Change; Protecting Tropical Forests

  • Posted on 12th September 2014
Talking Climate Change; Protecting Tropical Forests

Deforestation, the “direct, human-induced conversion of forested land to non-forested land”, as defined by the UNFCCC, and forest degradation, are one of the greatest challenges of our time. As the Global Canopy Programme (GCP) reports, tropical forests cover approximately 7% of global land area and provide habitat for at least half of the world’s biodiversity. However, they are currently experiencing…

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