ICTA-UAB launches the first master’s Degree in “Political Ecology. Degrowth and Environmental Justice”

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) launches the master’s Degree in “Political Ecology.

Pioneering study analyses the effects of forests on human health

A group of volunteers have participated in an experimental study conducted by the ICTA-UAB to analyse the potential health benefits of forests.

Marine Litter on Mediterranean Beaches Triples in Summer

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) analyses and quantifies the waste generated by tourists in eight islands of the Mediterranean as part of the European BLUEISLANDS project.

Mapping the Urban Vitality of Barcelona

Researchers at the UAB have mapped Barcelona and and 9 surrounding towns using a new methodology based on urbanism activist Jane Jacobs' ideas on how cities should be configured to become vital spaces: 25% of the area is classified as having high vitality.

Agricultural intensification not a “blueprint” for sustainable development

Social and ecological results of increased agricultural intensification are not as positive as expected.

Tracking the battles for environmental justice: here are the world’s top 10

Today is World Environment Day. Environmental conflicts should not be seen as disruptions to smooth governance, fixable with market solutions, technology or police bullets.

Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

Cities that do not include social equity criteria into their political strategies to make their urban environment greener and more ecological will not achieve long-term sustainability and risk creating green enclaves only for the social elite.

The ICTA-UAB alerts of a new invasive Asian beetle pest in Catalonia that kills mulberry trees

A study by researcher of the ICTA-UAB and the Department of Agriculture Víctor Sarto i Monteys has identified in the province of Barcelona the presence of a species from Asia that could spread through Europe.

More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and...

The Institut of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) organized its 1st Spring Symposium with the aim of addressing some of the main environmental and sustainability challenges.

Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

A new study by ICTA-UAB analyzes the impacts on lifestyles of substituting fossil fuels for cleaner energies.

Are Farmers Who Belong to Local User Associations Better Adapted to Climate Change?

Droughts, floods and high temperatures derived from climate change are not the only threats that farmers with irrigated crops must face.

Climate Change Threatens World's Largest Seagrass Carbon Stores

Shark Bay seagrass carbon storage hotspot suffers alarming losses after a devastating marine heat wave, according to a study led by ICTA-UAB researchers.

Amazon's indigenous people hunt animals feeding in areas contaminated by oil spills

A study by the ICTA-UAB and the UAB Department of Animal Health and Anatomy demonstrates that the main species hunted by the indigenous popoulations of the Peruvian Amazon ingest water and soil contaminated with hidrocarbons and heavy metals.

The new Planttes app warns of allergy risks in different urban areas

The Planttes application is a citizen science project which aims to encourage people to identify and locate on a map the existence of allergy-causing plants and indicate their phenological state.

New Project to Link Extreme Weather Events, Atmospheric Biodiversity and Human Health

A new ICTA-UAB project led by researcher Jordina Belmonte will study the effects of extreme meteorological events on the biological biodiversity present in the atmosphere in order to predict changes in the environment and possible affectations on human health.

ICTA-UAB’s success: five ERC grants in two years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded five European Research Council (ERC) grants in two years, which is about ten per cent of all ERC grants arriving in Catalonia over the period from the end of 2015 to the end of 2017.

Scientists Alert of Swift Degradation of Marine Ecosystems and Grave Consequences for the Planet

A book edited by researchers from the ICTA-UAB, the UB, the CNRS and the IEO addresses the concept of "animal forest" and highlights the importance of the role seas and oceans have in combating climate change.

New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

The new ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide' it is at your disposal now. With this document, we aim to help you discover the basics of the PhD programme, ICTA-UAB’s structure, etc.
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MdM SEMINAR SERIES - "The mixed success of REDD+: Why?"

Date: 2017-09-28

Title: "The mixed success of REDD+: Why?"

Speaker: Prof. Arild Angelsen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences & Senior Associate, CIFOR, Indonesia.

Date: Thursday, September 28th 2017
Time: 12h
Venue: Romm Z/22- Z/023


Abstract
Emissions from tropical forests is responsible for more than 1/10 of global GHG emissions, thus Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) is essential to achieve the 2 degree target. When launched with great expectations 10 years ago as a “quick and cheap” solution, REDD+ was envisioned as a multilevel Payment for Environmental Services (PES) system and as integral to a global cap-and-trade carbon market. This historic vision no longer represents reality. REDD+ should now be viewed as an umbrella term for a set of diverse policies and initiatives aimed to reduce forest emissions and with some elements of performance-based payment.
While REDD+ has delivered on some fronts (monitoring, agenda setting, policy changes), the evidence for tangible results on the ground is generally missing. Why? I will critically review four explanations: (i) REDD+ is a good idea, but has not - due to financial constraints and political will – been implemented at the scale needed to make a difference; (ii) REDD+ has evolved – due to both technical and institutional challenges as well as misguided critique of PES and carbon markets – from the initial PES vision to a modified version of previous and largely ineffective conservation efforts; (iii) REDD+ has been blocked effectively by powerful actors interested in continued forest exploitation; and (iv) REDD+ is conceptually flawed in its design as a PES and reliance on carbon markets. The presentation will also review alternatives to REDD+, from conventional (but quite effective) “park and fence” conservation, to more recent supply chain and “zero deforestation” initiatives involving consumers and the private business sector.

Biography
Arild Angelsen is a professor at the School of Economics and Business, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), and a Senior Associate of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Indonesia. He has over the past two decades done extensive research and published on causes of tropical deforestation, and its interaction with poverty, tenure and government policies. Recent work deals with how efforts to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) can be included in a global climate regime, and the national strategies and policies needed to achieve REDD+. He has edited three REDD+ books that have become standard references in the debate. Angelsen was global coordinator of the Poverty Environment Network (PEN), a CIFOR-led research programme collecting detailed information from 8 000 households in 24 developing countries on forest uses and management. Recent work uses field experiments to study human behaviour and the impact of policy interventions for sustainable resource use. 

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