University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Two New Gund Tea Videos

The Gund Institute of Ecological Economics released two new Gund Tea videos that capture the diverse work done at the Gund and UVM.

Agroecology as a transdisciplinary, participatory and action-oriented approach

Dr. V. Ernesto Mendéz, Associate Professor of Agroecology and Environmental Studies, Department of Plant and Soil Science and Environmental Program, and Gund and Center for Sustainable Agriculture Fellow, discusses the evolution and current state of the field of agroecology and the challenges and opportunities for it to become a truly transdisciplinary, participatory and action-oriented approach.

Designing REDD+ vis-à-vis Foreign Direct Investments: From win-win-win to governing trade-offs

Dr. Asim Zia, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, and Gund Fellow, examines how the mainstream discourse on Global Climate Change has portrayed REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) as a “win-win-win” policy for mitigating green house gas emissions, conserving biodiversity and advancing sustainable economic development. While REDD+ is designed to promote forest conservation within the growing trend of marketization of carbon governance, simultaneous promotion of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) by transnational agricultural, mining, oil, biofuel and housing markets in the tropical countries poses complex challenges for designing and implementing effective REDD+ projects. This presentation explores some of the inevitable trade-offs that are typically faced with respect to resolving the leakage, permanence, additionality and baseline determination issues under REDD+ vis-à-vis FDI projects.