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Public Lecture: Can we save nature by selling it?

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Selling nature in order to save it is the core goal animating market-based approaches to environmental conservation. Such approaches have become a central component of international environmental policy and practice, with biodiversity offsetting and related policies enacted on every continent except Antarctica. What are the consequences of this shift? Can putting a price tag on nature succeed where previous regulatory approaches to environmental conservation have failed? In this talk, Professor Lave will trace the development of market-based forms of environmental management, examining their track record and future potential through integrated physical and social science analysis of markets for stream and habitat credits. Professor Lave will argue that the contrast between the dynamism and complexity of ecosystems and the stability and simplicity required for functional markets radically limits the conservation potential of market-based approaches.

This talk is part of the Department of Geography - Distinguished International Fellows series.

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