Pie In The Sky: Conservation and REDD+

The readers of this blog will know that I am critical of current approaches to conservation. This because most current approaches don’t work. Conservationists never seem to be able to conserve anything. There are a few local success stories, but conservation needs to succeed on a much grander scale than is currently the case. My … Continue reading Pie In The Sky: Conservation and REDD+

Sustainable Livelihoods in rural Africa: More is not better.

When you come from a consumer culture, like (I assume) most of my readers do, it’s difficult to draw the line on when you have enough and what you have enough of. Most of us accumulate possessions constantly. If anything is an indictment of Western society it is the constant, and largely fruitless search for … Continue reading Sustainable Livelihoods in rural Africa: More is not better.

The Zambezi Teak forests of Zambia: A tale of mismanagement.

For the last 4 years I’ve been researching the Zambezi Teak forests of Western Zambia. Or what’s left of them. It’s a pretty depressing picture. I used Landsat satellite images from 1975 (these are the earliest images available) to measure the forests as they were in the early 1970s. It’s important to know that this … Continue reading The Zambezi Teak forests of Zambia: A tale of mismanagement.

Forest Carbon and REDD+: The ultimate equaliser in global North-South Relations?

This article was first published by the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Review¬†who have kindly given me permission to repost here. The deadlock between parties at international climate negotiations has ceased to be headline news; nevertheless, obstacles to any final, substantive agreement remain. The parties are divided between the bloc of nations with forests that absorb … Continue reading Forest Carbon and REDD+: The ultimate equaliser in global North-South Relations?