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Record number 504929
Title The contribution of sustainable trade to the conservation of natural capital
Author(s) Oorschot, M. van; Wentink, Carsten; Kok, Marcel; Beukering, P.; Kuik, O.; Drunen, M. van; Berg, J. van den; Ingram, V.J.; Judge, L.O.; Arets, E.J.M.M.; Veneklaas, E.J.
Source The Hague : PBL: Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL publication 1700) - 96 p.
Department(s) LEI Green Economy and Landuse
Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
WASS
LEI Consumer and Chain
Alterra - Vegetation, forest and landscape ecology
Publication type Research report
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) certification - sustainability - cost benefit analysis - resource conservation - natural resources - tropics - ecosystem services - biobased economy - certificering - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - kosten-batenanalyse - hulpbronnenbehoud - natuurlijke hulpbronnen - tropen - ecosysteemdiensten
Categories Certification Systems
Abstract PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency has conducted a study into the potential impact of certified sustainable production on natural capital and the related ecosystem goods and services. Forests are a well-known example of natural capital; they are valuable to society, among other things because they store large amounts of carbon. The performed cost-benefit analyses show that certified resource production has several societal benefits, such as reductions in environmental pollution, soil erosion and health damage. However, for resource producers, the financial returns of more sustainable production methods are often limited. The uneven distribution of costs and benefits over public and private actors forms a barrier to any further scale up of sustainable production. Thus, there is a need for additional solutions, besides certifying trade to help conserve ecosystems elsewhere in the world.
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