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Theme: Natural resources

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Articles in English related to this theme:

Rebuilding the Environmental Balance

Transforming Capitalism: the Triple Crisis
¤ Peadar Kirby ¤ 18 December 2014
This article identifies a triple crisis of capitalism based on the three fictitious commodities as identified by Karl Polanyi: labour, money and land. This framework is used to integrate the environmental crisis into the wider crisis of capitalism. It argues that international actions required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are going to present major challenges for capitalism with implications for the current dominance of market power and the (...) read more

Managing Territories, Cities, and the Rural World

Take Back the Land!
¤ AITEC, Charlotte Mathivet, CITEGO ¤ 25 March 2014
If land, whether rural or urban, were viewed as playing an essential role in all human beings’ life, just like air or water, and its value in use outweighed its exchange value, wouldn’t our cities and countryside look completely different ? A reflection on different ways to relate to land - other than ownership – must therefore be carried out, i.e. ways that do not entail abusing, speculating or excluding others. This issue sheds a light on analysis, experiences and alternatives regarding the (...) read more

Rural Areas and World Governance
¤ Matthieu Calame ¤ 15 November 2010
Rural areas include managed forested areas, farming areas, and settled areas. These areas offer a huge diversity of situations, from prosperous zones to those in decline, from sparsely populated areas, possibly on the point of being abandoned, to zones of high population density that are very active, with a network of towns and trade activities. These areas share a common set of challenges that they all have to face: – using farming, forestry and freshwater fish-farming to manage (...) read more

Videos on the Seminar "What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?"
¤ FnWG Team, iBase, Traversées ¤ 20 May 2010
On May 8-9, 2008, the Seminar “What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?” was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was organized by IBASE and the FnWG and attracted some 30 actors from different fields around the region to discuss the question of governance in Amazonia. The Amazon basin is the object of a constant struggle: on the one hand, there is a desire to exploit its natural resources and on the other, the need to preserve its biological and human diversity. Above all else, it (...) read more

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Swords into Plowshares
¤ James A. Yunker ¤ 4 June 2013
Using a simulation model, this research examines the potential impact of a very large-scale foreign development-assistance program (a “Global Marshall Plan”), financed largely from reallocation of military expenditure, on the future development of the world economy. The model’s key premise is that inequality among nations in per capita income is all or mostly due to differentials in generalized capital stocks. Generalized capital encompasses all reproducible primary factors of production other (...) read more

Economic Governance and Globalization

Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 13 May 2011
The concept of leverage points is very well adapted for a coalition wanting to act in favor of the great transition. We need to identify some concrete issues which we think should have a strong leverage effect as it would imply changes in the whole system. And looking at what is the systemic change about, it would not be a surprise that these leverage points relate either to concepts or to actors or to the very tools which are used in present economy. Here are seven proposed leverage (...) read more

Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth

What Amazonia Does the World Need?
¤ FnWG Team, iBase ¤ 29 December 2008
Amazonia concentrates the essential contradictions of our era: our planet’s lung is being devastated by rampant deforestation, predatory mining, and chaotic urbanization. Its peoples may have been able to preserve the potential of their surrounding biodiversity, but Amazonia suffers from “bad” governance: it is deprived of a collective and rational management of its resources. Worse, it is an arena of recurrent Human Rights violations, with as primary victims its poorest, most humble (...) read more

Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth
¤ Germà Pelayo ¤ 24 September 2008
This file contains a series of discussions and proposals formulated in recent years around the environmental dimension of world governance. They have been categorized according to the following themes: reconstruction of the environmental balance; energy management, mineral and ocean resources; farming, food security, and sovereignty; sustainable development; and the relationship between humankind and the biosphere. The crisis brought about by the accelerated pace and the probable (...) read more

Managing Sea, Soil, and Energy Resources

Alternative World Water Forum
¤ Claude Drouot ¤ 31 March 2005
The second Alternative World Water Forum (Forum alternatif mondial de l’eau) (Fame) was held in Geneva from 17 to 20 March 2005, with new goals compared to the goals considered to be priorities in the first Forum in March 2003. The global water policy implemented by the World Water Council, a spin-off of the World Bank, is based on three major principles. Firstly, water must be considered to be an economic good, a product like petroleum or corn. Secondly, access to water is a vital need, (...) read more

Oil slicks: An Ocean of Profits
¤ Roseline Vachetta ¤ 19 December 2002
If there is a sector which, both in its organization and in its results, can be seen as the poster child for capitalist globalization, it must be maritime transportation. Roseline Vachetta, a member of the Regional Policy Committee for Transport and Tourism at the European Parliament, discusses this issue here. There are some “trash-container” ships which concentrate all the ingredients and all the opacity of capitalist globalization. For example, in the case of the Prestige, we find: an (...) read more

Sustainable Forest Management
¤ Luis Felipe Cesar, Olivier Ranke ¤ October 2001
Proposal Paper containing different definitions of the forest, an analysis of the conflicts between forest and other land uses, with special focus on the economic and environmental impacts of increased use of land for agriculture. Discussion in this Proposal Paper on the forest and on the different socioeconomic dimensions of forest management is conducted along three main lines. First, is considered the problematic existence of forest areas in relation to other uses of land. This point (...) read more

Sustainable Development and the Humanity-Biosphere Relationship

Negative Growth or Sustainable Development?
¤ Guillaume Duval ¤ 5 December 2004
Extreme-climate instances are on the increase, waste is accumulating, groundwater is running out or is polluted, oil is going to become scarce, and controlling it is the cause of increasingly violent conflicts, whether in Iraq or in Chechnya. At the same time, the capacity of the current economic system to meet social needs is increasingly disputed. Global inequalities are becoming deeper, and if part of Asia is coming out of underdevelopment, it is doing so by adopting a lifestyle that (...) read more

The Architecture of World Governance

The Future of Global Governance
¤ Joseph E. Stiglitz ¤ 23 September 2004
The problems with global governance—and the consequences of these problems— today are becoming better understood. The closer integration of the countries of the world— globalization—has given risen to a greater need for collective action. Unfortunately, economic globalization has outpaced political globalization. We are just beginning to develop an international rule of law, and much of the ‘law’ that has developed—for instance the WTO rules governing international trade—are grossly unfair; they (...) read more

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