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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Procedural Rights for Nature - A Pathway to Sustainable Decarbonisation?
Author(s): Schapper, Andrea
Hoffmann, Clemens
Lee, Phyllis
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Keywords: Environmental conflict
zero-carbon transitions
rights of nature
procedural rights
sustainable development
Issue Date: 2022
Date Deposited: 23-Mar-2022
Citation: Schapper A, Hoffmann C & Lee P (2022) Procedural Rights for Nature - A Pathway to Sustainable Decarbonisation?. Third World Quarterly, 43 (5), pp. 1197-1216.
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.
DOI Link: 10.1080/01436597.2022.2057293
Rights: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
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