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Solution for The New Economy of Nature

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In light of declining public funds for nature conservation and in search of new investment opportunities for the private sector, water, biodiversity, soils and forests (notably their capacity for stor ...

In light of declining public funds for nature conservation and in search of new investment opportunities for the private sector, water, biodiversity, soils and forests (notably their capacity for storing CO2) are being turned into tradable goods. The prospect of going beyond compensation and actually turning nature conservation into a source of profit has captivated economists and nature conservationists alike.

Stop financialization of nature through derivatives and other financial market products

The global economic crisis exposed the risks of relying exclusively on markets to regulate economic activity. Given that the consequences of a global environmental meltdown would be far more devastating, depending on market-based mechanisms to protect and enhance the natural environment is a recipe for disaster. While an intact rainforest’s current monetary value cannot match that of the natural and mineral resources that it contains, its importance for human survival exceeds these terms. In a cost-benefit analysis nature will always lose in the long run. To this end, the financialization of nature using derivatives and other financial products must be stopped and prevented.

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