Netting Natures: An Emerging Comparative Framework

Authors: Louise Carver*, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Duncan McLaren, Lancaster University
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Environment
Keywords: Climate, biodiversity, policy, governance, political ecology
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Virtual 18
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A cursory glance through many an institutional, infrastructural and governmental environmental strategy today is likely to uncover at least somewhere close to the top, a commitment to a “net” principle. “No net loss” (NNL) or “net gain” (NG)of biodiversity and “Net Zero” emissions comprise a consolidating framework of environmental governance and a constellation of netting value reconciliations. These accounting techniques involve balancing the books, namely replacing environmental bads with ‘equivalent’ goods. As related environmental schematics with ‘net’ as their compass these policy mechanisms are predicated on quantification logics which are amenable also to privatized trades. This joint paper will set out some key thematic principles developed from two bodies of empirical work conducted by the authors in the biodiversity and climate/ carbon removal fields which have historically been historically separated in policy frameworks and geography scholarship. Setting out an emerging comparative framework to draw from these respective fields this contribution will outline an emerging research agenda that seeks to draw them together. The purpose is to set the stage for wider discussion and for identifying research opportunities for the future.

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