Professor Jona Razzaque - FBL inaugural lecture series

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Date: 23 September 2015
Venue: 2D67
Time: 18:00 - 20:30

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The FBL inaugural lecture series provides an opportunity to hear from our newly appointed professors. Professor Jona Razzaque (Professor of Environmental Law) will present her Inaugural Lecture on Wednesday 23 September 2015.

The green economy and forest ecosystem services: Assessing the global North - South divide


Both the global North and the global South are actively engaged with the concept of green economy, and policies are in place in many developed and developing countries to facilitate the transition to inclusive and resource-efficient green economy. At the international level, it is hailed as a great enabler for economic re-balancing between the North and the South leaving aside the disagreement over who reaps the benefits of unsustainable economic activity and who bears the burden of resource depletion and pollution.

Approaches such as payments for ecosystem services can help to secure an economically efficient shift to a sustainable economy, offer incentives to forest conservation, and encourage sustainable development in sensitive forest areas. Sustainable investment in forest ecosystem services can assist the global South gain a competitive edge and contribute to enhance the livelihoods and wider well-being of poor people.

However, for such payment schemes to work, appropriate national laws, policies and institutions are needed along with adequate economic settings and incentives. This lecture explores the opportunities and concerns of forest ecosystem services in the context of conflicting priorities of the North and the South.

About Jona Razzaque

Jona Razzaque, Professor of Environmental Law, is a barrister and holds a PhD in law from the University of London. Prior to joining UWE, she worked as a staff lawyer with the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD).

She previously taught at the University College London, School of Oriental and African Studies and Queen Mary University of London. She has held visiting fellowships at Wuhan University, China. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Environmental Law and serves as a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law.

She has researched widely on access to justice and participatory rights in environmental matters and her publications include Public Interest Environmental Litigation in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (2004, Kluwer), Globalisation and Natural Resources Law (2011, Edward Elgar), Natural Resources and the Green Economy (2012, Brill) and Environmental Governance in Europe and Asia (2012, Routledge).

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Contact: Chloe Hayward
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86386

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