World Rainforest Movement

Trade in Environmental Services

“Environmental Services”, or “Ecosystem Services”, is an invented term developed within the capitalist economy by biologists and economists since the 1970s to indicate that nature provides a series of services important for humankind like water, biodiversity, fertile soils, etc. It is directly linked to the idea of putting a price on nature as the only way to be able to protect it in future against destruction. This would lead to a system of payment of “environmental services” and even trade in these “services”, through transforming them in financial assets, to be sold, traded and negotiated in financial markets, and therefore a further step in the mercantilization of nature. This way of thinking is opposite to the relation established with nature by forest-dependent communities. They protect forests which are their home and cannot be sold or bought, it is priceless.


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    Posted on September 27, 2021

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  • No aviation growth! No false climate solutions!

    Posted on June 16, 2016

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  • Special section on COP 19 of the Climate Change Convention

    Posted on November 7, 2013

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