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Economic Valuation of Nature. The Price to Pay for Conservation? A critical exploration

by Jutta Kill. Brussels, August 2014

 

 

'Nature is destroyed because it’s invisible to politicians and business', advocates of economic valuation say. The implicit assumption: Create a ‘nature that capital can see’ and the loss of biodiversity will be stopped. But it isn’t that simple!

 

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TTIP - Why the World Should Beware

Working paper by Manuel Pérez-Rocha. In cooperation with IATP, IPS, FOCUS and TNI. Brussels, June 2015

The trade and investment partnership TTIP, which is currently being negotiated between the EU and the US, will affect the whole world. But the other world regions, like the BRICS or the Global South are being excluded from the trade negotiations and hardly get attention in the debates around TTIP. This trend is shifting today: because TTIP as an “economic Nato” is putting the rise of the BRICS, especially China and Russia, into relation with a looming “descent of Europe”. According to the negotiating partners the economic rise of the BRICS has to be prevented. But at what price?

 

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Going for broke. Why financialization is the wrong fix for infrastructure

A Critical Exploration by Greig Aitken. Brussels, May 2015

Foto: Belgique - Bruxelles - STIB - Station Georges Henri, Antonio Ponte / Flickr / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

 

Building new infrastructure is no longer simply the talk of towns and communities in which various projects are to be implemented. Instead, it has taken on a new, awe-inspiring, global character.

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