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Procedural Rights for Nature - A Pathway to Sustainable Decarbonisation?

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Schapper A, Hoffmann C & Lee P (2022) Procedural Rights for Nature - A Pathway to Sustainable Decarbonisation?. Third World Quarterly, 43 (5), pp. 1197-1216. https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2022.2057293

Abstract
Resource conflicts and human-environment conflicts are active across the globe. As planetary, carbon-induced climate change necessitates new responses, the policies and practices of decarbonisation add new dimensions to existing conflicts. Using examples from two nations with ambitious aims for the decarbonization of their economies, Ethiopia and Morocco, we illustrate how unintended conflicts and adverse ecosystem impacts arise when nature cannot participate in decision-making processes. Transition to low carbon economies, we argue, generates and exacerbates multi-dimensional conflicts of interest between state and society, as well as between society and ecosystems. Taking an interdisciplinary perspective, we suggest establishing procedural rights of nature via (1) stronger consideration of scientific expertise, (2) an enhancement of environmental safeguards and (3) making funding linked to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) conditional upon participation of nature in decision-making processes through legal guardians. We use counterfactuals as a method to demonstrate how procedural rights of nature, in the cases of Ethiopia and Morocco, could change green economy and climate mitigation projects, making them less conflict-prone and more sustainable.

Keywords
Environmental conflict; zero-carbon transitions; rights of nature; procedural rights; sustainable development

Journal
Third World Quarterly: Volume 43, Issue 5

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2022
Publication date online30/04/2022
Date accepted by journal01/03/2022
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/34083
ISSN0143-6597
eISSN1360-2241

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Dr Clemens Hoffmann
Dr Clemens Hoffmann

Lecturer in International Politics, Politics

Professor Andrea Schapper
Professor Andrea Schapper

Professor, Politics