Natural Resources in 2025 - Implications for Development : Opportunity of a trunaround: An expert reassessment

Wymann von Dach, Susanne; Kläy, Andreas; Sieber, Patrick; Mukerji, Rupa; Schaltenbrand, Hans; Guharay, Falguni; Kiteme, Boniface P.; Wenger, Ruth; Kakridi Enz, Fani (2009). Natural Resources in 2025 - Implications for Development : Opportunity of a trunaround: An expert reassessment (InfoResources Trends). Zollikofen, Switzerland: InfoResources

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In recent years developing countries have faced highly dynamic changes affecting their natural resource base and their potential for development. Taking into account these changes in the development context, InfoResources initiated a critical reassessment of the results of InfoResources Trends 2005 and again invited experts from around the world to assess trends that least developed countries are likely to be facing by 2025. The unanimous signal conveyed by the international experts for this assessment is alarming: The degradation of natural resources is progressing. By 2025 it will reach a point where livelihoods in least developing countries will be significantly threatened and an increasing number of agro-ecosystems will lose their capacity to deliver important services. Expected positive social trends will not suffice as leverage to reverse the degradation of natural resources and thus alleviate poverty and hunger. However, the present reassessment clearly reveals that a change in thinking and a shift in paradigms have begun to take place. However, a turnaround can only succeed if the emerging awareness of the need to reorient policy-making and the economy is followed by concrete action. It will be crucial that policies and institutions regain regulating power over greedy economic forces. This reassessment does not claim to be comprehensive. However, the present publication, which synthesises the experts’ inputs, aims at providing food for thought and initiating discussions.

Item Type:

Report (Report)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre (discontinued)
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Wymann von Dach, Susanne and Kläy, Andreas

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Series:

InfoResources Trends

Publisher:

InfoResources

Language:

Multilingual

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

22 Jun 2015 17:08

Last Modified:

04 Nov 2015 16:53

Additional Information:

Published in English, Spanish and French

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.69751

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/69751

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