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Welcome to The Conservation Report! 

In TiME’s May newsletter, you can read about environmental economics in China and the imminent extinction of the addax in the Sahara, among other environmental news.

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Newsletter Contributors: Noa Jett and Brett Kleiman
TiME Editor: Liat Radcliffe Ross
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Feature on Chinese Environmental Economist Jian Wu
 

Every month, TiME’s newsletter features people who are on the frontlines of environmental preservation, who share TiME’s underlying belief in our responsibility and ability to save the natural world. This month, we spoke to Dr. Jian Wu, a professor of environmental economics at Renmin University of China in Beijing and a member of TiME’s scientific advisory committee. She has worked extensively in China and abroad, fusing the fields of environmentalism and economics. 

What is the role of an environmental economist in China?

In China, action on environmental protection or conservation always has to be balanced with economic development. That is the speciality of an environmental economist: to manage trade-offs.

 

How does your approach differ from a biologist or ecological scientist?

Biologists or ecologists may provide scientifically ideal goals of conservation to society, but society may not accept them because of other constraints. Environmental economists, using trade-off analysis, present economically ideal goals that may be more practical and acceptable to society or seek the least expensive approach to achieve political goals.

 

What are the largest threats to biodiversity in China?

Habitat loss or fragmentation driven by economic development are significant problems. We also face poor incentive mechanisms, insufficient financial support and institutional conflict.

 

How does China's population size - now nearly 1.4 billion people - affect its environmental decisions?

China is a centralized country. All big decisions come from the central government, while local governments do the implementation. However, the central and local governments have different interests, and this leads to a lot of policy failures.

 

How can a donation to TiME help environmentalism in China?  

TiME could do a lot of work that complements the government’s efforts. For example, TiME could help buy land to build corridors to link currently separate protected areas, or demonstrate best practices for conservation, or provide expertise.

 


“Imminent extinction” of addax in the Sahara, reports IUCN
 

A recent survey found that only three individual addax remain in the wild in the Sahara desert. Despite efforts to protect this desert-adapted antelope - including national and international legislation as well as the creation of Africa’s largest nature reserve - the addax is on the verge of extinction. Niger’s developing oil industry has encroached upon its traditional migratory habitat and military personnel protecting the oil installations have been accused of illegal poaching. “We are witnessing in real time the extinction of this iconic and once plentiful species,” reports the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Read the full article here.


Photo: Doron Nissim

Recommended Reading
Every month, we will include a list of some of our favourite articles in the area of conservation and biodiversity preservation.

 

Earth Is Tipping Because of Climate Change

Wealth of Unsuspected New Microbes Expands Tree of Life

Hong Kong Fails Biodiversity Targets, Says Green Coalition as It Urges United Nations Probe

Crafting a Sustainable Future for Humanity

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