Development goals: Science alone cannot shape sustainability

Research article by Suraje Dessai, Stavros Afionis, James Van Alstine on 3 Jan 2013

We agree that science can and should inform the sustainable development goals agreed at the Rio+20 conference (G. Glaser Nature 491, 35; 2012). But basing policy decisions on science alone may be unproductive. Experience indicates that political receptiveness to scientific advice is essential for shaping policy. Climate-change policy-makers, for example, continually receive new technical and […]

Political competition, learning and the consequences of heterogeneous beliefs for long-run public projects

Working paper by Antony Millner, Hélène Ollivier, Leo Simon on 1 Jan 2013

Abstract of Working Paper 122 An incumbent political party, who cares only about voters’ welfare, faces future political competition from a similarly well-intentioned party whose beliefs about the consequences of a `long-run’ public policy are different from its own. We show that when the incumbent can endogenously influence whether learning occurs (active learning), future political […]

Farmer participation in the Equitable Payments for Watershed Services in Morogoro, Tanzania

Working paper by Emmanuel Kwayu, Susannah Mary Sallu, Jouni Paavola on 1 Jan 2013

Abstract of Working Paper 123 This article contributes to the limited empirical evidence on the determinants of landowners’ participation decision in land use-modifying (active agricultural land) Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) programmes in developing countries. It examines how resource manager characteristics, the features of a PES program, and the institutional context of its implementation determine […]

An investigation of the evidence of benefits from climate compatible development

Working paper by Emma Tompkins, Adelina Mensah, Lesley King, Tran Kim Long, Elaine Lawson, Craig Hutton, Viet Anh Hoang, Chris Gordon, Marianne Fish, Nadia Bood on 1 Jan 2013

Abstract of Working Paper 124 Climate change is likely to have profound effects on developing countries both through the climate impacts experienced, but also through the policies, programmes and projects adopted to address climate change. Climate change mitigation (actions taken to reduce the extent of climate change), adaptation (actions taken to ameliorate the impacts), and […]