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Can Privatization Conserve the Global Biodiversity Commons? Tropical Reforestation through Globalization

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dc.contributor.author Kull, Christian A. en_US
dc.contributor.author Ibrahim, Camellia K. en_US
dc.contributor.author Meredith, Thom en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:30:11Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:30:11Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2006-09-25 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2006-09-25 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10535/471
dc.description.abstract "Biodiversity has come to be seen as a sort of global commons in recent decades. Its conservation is promoted for the common good of humanity (and nature) and this logic is used to justify global interventions in local places. This global environmental agenda is arguably part of 'globalization', just as much as liberal economic agendas and booming tourism and migration. This paper investigates the impacts of globalization (the increase in global flows of capital, goods, people, and ideas) on the biodiversity commons, specifically tropical forests. Normally, globalization is blamed for causing tropical deforestation. However, some facets of globalization - the liberal agenda and its drive for privatization, the global conservation agenda, movements of people - may work synergistically to conserve biodiversity in certain places. This paper investigates the impact of these processes on forests in two conservation hot-spots. A case study in southwestern Costa Rica shows how feedback between expatriate investment in real estate, market-driven government environmental policy, a marginalized agricultural sector, and outmigration of farmers is leading to a forest cover turnaround. In Madagascar, however, despite recent legislation facilitating land purchase and private conservation initiatives, important obstacles remain before similar trends could emerge. In conclusion, despite its sometimes problematic implications for social equity, globalization can, in certain cases, lead to biodiversity conservation." en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject reforestation--tropics en_US
dc.subject globalization en_US
dc.subject biodiversity en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject privatization en_US
dc.title Can Privatization Conserve the Global Biodiversity Commons? Tropical Reforestation through Globalization en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.coverage.region Central America & Caribbean en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Costa Rica Madagascar en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth June en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Survival of the Commons: Mounting Challenges and New Realities, the Eleventh Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 19-23, 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Bali, Indonesia en_US
dc.submitter.email elsa_jin@yahoo.com en_US


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