Ending Extreme Poverty Without Endangering Ecosystems
Two of the great global challenges of the 21st century are to reduce poverty and slow ecosystem degradation. Solutions to these challenges are often portrayed as conflicting with each other. Recently scientists have argued that it is possible to protect ecosystems without interfering with and potentially helping, poverty alleviation goals. But no one has demonstrated that poverty alleviation programs with no direct connection to environmental goals can produce positive conservation outcomes. Science-based evidence for positive outcomes is important because so much international and philanthropic aid is aimed at poverty alleviation. If that investment can also advance conservation, the implication would be globally significant because biodiversity and endangered ecosystems are disproportionately located in regions with high levels of poverty.
As part of the Howard Baker Center's Energy and Environment Forum, Dr. Paul Ferraro will discuss what is known about the relationship between poverty alleviation and ecosystem change and will present new results from a study that asks whether Indonesia's national anti-poverty program, which transfers cash to hundreds of thousands of poor households reduced the deforestation of primary forests as a side benefit. This event is co-hosted with the Department of Economics in the Haslam Collge of Business.
Thursday, October 10 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, Toyota Auditorium - Room 103
1640 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 37996