LUCSUS Seminar: Environmental Policy Instruments across Commodity Chains: Comparing multi-level governance for Biodiversity Protection and Climate Action in Brazil, Colombia, and Indonesia
Welcome to a seminar with LUCSUS researchers Torsten Krause and Barbara Schröter
The conversion of natural ecosystems for agricultural land use and minerals’ extraction is a major cause of global biodiversity loss. At the same time, deforestation and forest degradation in the tropics is the second largest source of global greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The organisation of value chains across countries and continents increases the distance between the locations of extraction and production (e.g., for cattle, palm oil and minerals) and places of processing and final consumption (e.g., meat, cookies and jewellery). We live in an increasingly telecoupled world where these spaces of consumption are disconnected from the local socio-ecological impacts of spaces of production. Nonetheless, consumers, governments and companies have become more aware and are increasingly looking for ways to address the environmental and social externalities of imported commodities such as meat and minerals. In the EU new regulations, due diligence guidelines or certification schemes are discussed, but to what extent can these actually prevent biodiversity loss and deforestation?
In this presentation we will introduce the EPICC research project where we apply a multi-level governance and environmental justice approach to selected commodity chains (cattle, palm oil, gold and tin). By mapping the governance and power links that connect these multiple territories and legal systems with the European market, EPICC seeks to identify and analyse leverage points, blind spots and shed light on the micro and macro conditions that may facilitate the mitigation of environmental and social impacts that occur at the selected locations of production (in Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia).
Torsten Krause is a Senior lecturer at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Sweden. He works on topics around forest governance, conservation and sustainable development in Ecuador, Colombia, Nigeria and South Africa, and is currently working on three projects: MaCoBioS – Marine Coastal Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Services in a Changing World, EPICC, and Nature of Peace.
Barbara Schröter is a researcher at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Sweden, and the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) in Müncheberg, Germany. She is a political scientist with regional focus on Latin America. Her research focus is on governance, institutional and social network analysis using participatory methods, transdisciplinary and transformative approaches. She is currently working on nature-based solutions, water governance and sustainable global value chains.
The seminar is a part of the theme: Connecting the Local and the Global.
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