Policies Against Nature?
Towards a Reform of Biodiversity Harmful Subsidies
Paris Friday 01st of June 2012
A session of the IDDRI - Fondation d'entreprise Hermès Seminar
As a fiscal policy instrument, subsidies are used not only for redistributive purposes but also to incentivise behaviours that take social costs into account. In recent years, a good many stakeholders have pointed out that some subsidies produce negative effects on biodiversity: these are referred to as biodiversity “harmful” or “damaging” subsidies. While many of these subsidies are politically justified by the need to support ailing and/or strategic economic sectors, there is heated debate about their rationale and the possibilities of reforming them.
The goal of this international conference on subsidies harmful to biodiversity is to contribute to the debates on what is often presented as a temporary malfunctioning. It will also help to identify avenues of inquiry likely to set us on the path to achieving the objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity adopted in Nagoya in 2010.
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