Measuring Sustainable Development: The importance of Green Accounting for Moving Beyond GDP
Center for Banking Studies, Sri Lanka| August 2017
Governments and corporates are fixated on measure economic progress and often fail to account for other important aspects such as a country’s stocks and flows of natural capital, accumulation of human capital and overall human well-being.  This PPT urges the public and private sector to move beyond measuring only physical and financial assets towards a more inclusive accounting and reporting system.
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Sustainability and the role of ecosystem services and biodiversity in the world after Paris 2015
Sustainability & Governance Forum, Curitiba | August 2016
The presentation compares the bottom-up approach of the Sustainable Development Goals framework to the top-down approach of the climate change negotiations framework. It also critically analyses the policy implications of Brazil's INDCs.
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Valuing Nature's Blessings
Activating Local Economies while coping with Climate Change, Mexico City | March 2017
Presented at the Mexican Senate by Pavan Sukhdev, the presentation stresses upon the need to value ecosystem services and provides innovative strategies to use natural resources in a sustainable way to fuel economic development.
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Re-Thinking the Economics of Agriculture: food production and reduced deforestation 

Global Landscapes Forum, COP21, Paris | December 2015

Countries provide support to their agriculture sector and one of the most common ways to do so is through subsidizing various inputs such as water, energy, fertilizer etc. This leads to overuse of inputs, which creating a number of externalities. This presentation highlights the need to evaluate these externalities so as to make informed policy decision

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Critical appraisal of India's Intended Nationally Determined Contributions


New Delhi | January 2016

India submitted its INDC in October of 2015 with an aim to work towards a low carbon emission pathway. This presentation critically analyses India's INDC to point out areas where targets could have be higher and the need for clarity on strategy to achieve certain targets.  

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Gaps in concepts & implementation of green growth in Indonesia
Indonesia Pavilion, COP21, Paris | December 2015
This presentation highlights the various challenges faced by governments in order to transit into green growth and also provides possible suggestions and solutions.
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Financing Sustainable Development: What needs to change

Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Climate Change Finance and Sustainable Development, Jakarta | September 2015


Hosted by the Ministry of Finance of Indonesia and UNDP. The event focused on how climate finance and other sources of development finance, both domestic and external, can support sustainable development. This presentation looks at how traditional taxes and subsidies need to be altered as well as new avenues of finance formed, to accumulate funds for climate finance.

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Money Grows on Trees, And Wealth Swims in the Seas
Millbrook School, New York | October 2011
The presentation 'Money grows on trees and wealth swims in the seas, was given to the school students to enable them to understand the effects that rapid deforestation and over fishing can have in our day to day lives. The pesentation also highlightes the consequences of inaction and discusses the ways to minimise and avoid environmental degradation. 
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The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB): to Nagoya & Beyond
COP10, Nagoya | October 2010
Presented at the launch of 'TEEB', which is a global initiative focused on making nature’s values visible. Its principal objective is to mainstream the values of biodiversity and ecosystem services into decision-making at all levels. It aims to achieve this goal by following a structured approach to valuation that helps decision-makers recognize the wide range of benefits provided by ecosystems and biodiversity.
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Beyond GDP

Beyond GDP: A Discussion Starter, New Delhi | October 2008
This presentations outlines the limits of using GDP as the main meaure of growth. GDP Growth does not capture many vital aspects of national wealth and well-being, such as changes in the quality of health, the extent of education, or the quality and quantity of natural resources. This presentation therefore suggests what needs to be measured and how to go about doing it.
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Forest Conservation vs Conversion: Carbon Credits and Beyond

May 2006 

This presentation highlights the reason as to why forest conservation loses against forest conversion. Most of the ecosystem services that forest provide is not traded and hence does not command a price, therefore, in the absence of prices, checks and balances, private greed destroys public wealth.

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Reversing the “Vicious Cycle” of Poverty and Environmental Degradation

September 2005

The poor, on account of low income, tend to consume nearby ‘natural capital’ to supplement their income. Rapid consumption of natural capital, in which they are stakeholders, results in its depreciation, plunging them further into poverty, this leads to further degradation of the capital. This presentation provides two examples of sustainable alternative livelihood from the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve which can help end this vicious cycle.

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Launch of GIST Monographs

September 2005

GIST launched the Monographs prepared under the 'Green Accounting for Indian States Project' at 'The Indian Society of Extension Education' (ISEE). Download the presentations from the links below

       Monograph 1 - Timber, Fuelwood, NTFP, Carbon

       Monograph 2 - Agricultural cropland and pastureland

       Monograph 4 - Biodiversity in India's Forests

       Monograph 5- Human Capital Formation

       M1, M2, M4 & M7