June 14, 2012 (via corporateeurope.org) Highways cutting through protected nature areas in Europe? Privatised forests and ugly houses in what was until now a common area of natural beauty? As long as the company building it pays to ‘protect’ other area in a remote place. This is what biodiversity offsets are about. Just one of the things the European Commission is proposing together with business under the name of green economy.
Twenty years after the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, governments will once again converge on Rio for the third UN Summit on Sustainable Development from the 20-22 June.
The agenda for Rio+20 is all about how to make the transition to a “green economy”. The international agreements signed up to in Rio are seen as old history now – new solutions are needed to tackle the growing environmental and social crises. The battleground in Rio will pitch the rich world (Northern country governments, other countries which see economic benefits from this such as Costa Rica and Brazil, big business, finance, big conservation NGOs and international institutions such as the World Bank) against a number of Southern countries and civil society, who fear that the proposals on the table are being used to legitimise a resource grab by the rich, threatening access to land, water and natural resources for the world’s poor. Continue Reading >>