Throughout the year, A Plant for Life offers topical dossiers which explore current issues and sustainable development issues

Basing public policy on science and knowledge

30 Oct 2016

The success of the IPCC and the high esteem accorded to its work, which was acknowledged by the award of the Nobel Prize, have highlighted the importance not only of scientific work applied to the knowledge and management of global and regional issues, but also the organization and dissemination of this work to influence decisions. Others have sought to adapt this model to apply to other global issues, particularly through the establishment of analogous assessment bodies.

Ending inequality

Date: 25 Oct 2016

In 2015 the world has never been richer, if wealth is measured in terms of goods and services consumed and produced. And this wealth has never been so unevenly distributed. The share of national wealth owned by the richest 1% and 10%, in countries where tax data are available, reach the peak levels of the beginning of the last century. Rising inequality within countries is also observed at the global scale. By 2016, half of the world’s wealth will be owned by 1% of the Earth’s population.

Consuming and producing sustainably

Date: 24 Oct 2016

The 1992 Rio Earth Summit on Environment and Development paved the way for collective research on sustainability, specifically by recommending the elimination of unsustainable production and consumption patterns. Once the issue had been raised, the solutions considered very rapidly focused on technical innovations capable of limiting the carbon footprint of our production methods. This is already an extremely complex issue: what may appear as an effective policy in one field may have harmful effects in another.

Building the Future We Want

The 2015 edition of A Planet for Life reaches bookshelves in a landmark year for the world. A new development cooperation framework is being crafted while sustainable development goals (SDGs) are being laid out to address the 21st century’s most urgent sustainable development issues.

Innovation for sustainable development

Innovation has become the new buzzword across the globe. International organisations, governments, corporates, academia and society see it as the answer to the major economic, social and environmental transformations challenging the models of the 20th century. 

Reducing inequalities: A Sustainable Development Challenge

The reduction of inequalities within and between countries stands as a policy goal, and deserves to take centre stage in the design of the Sustainable Development Goals agreed during the Rio+20 Summit in 2012.

The 2013 edition of A Planet for Life represents a unique international initiative grounded on conceptual and strategic thinking, and – most importantly – empirical experiments, conducted on five continents and touching on multiple realities. This unprecedented collection of works proposes a solid empirical approach, rather than an ideological one, to inform future debate.

Development, the environment and food: towards agricultural change?

This book focuses on agriculture and its relation to development, food and the environment. At the end of the 2000s, a consensus has emerged and points to the urgent need for massive investment in the agricultural sector, which is (once again) viewed as one of the prime engines for development and food security, as well as for poverty reduction. But what exactly does this consensus cover?