Certifying Environmental Social Responsibility International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management

International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management

This Special Issue aims to contribute to the emerging science on how to maintain and rehabilitate biodiversity and ecosystem services effectively in the tropics where agricultural expansion has shaped the landscapes. Food production as a provisioning ecosystem service dominates direct economic value and employment in roughly half the world. Its sustainability, or lack thereof, depends on how the trade-offs between human activities and ecosystem services, beyond the provision of food, are balanced and managed locally and globally.

This Special Issue is a result of a research program by CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. This program ‘zooms out’ from the details of certification schemes as such and ask the broader questions of when, where and how certification responses arise to what types of issues, by whom they are initiated and what broader consequences they have.

The guest editors, Beria Leimona, Meine van Noordwijk, Dagmar Mithöfer and Paolo Cerutti are delighted to share nine exciting papers with you that have been published in a Special Issue on ‘Certifying Environmental Social Responsibility’. Together, the papers summarize the findings of a global comparative study aimed at understanding the role that certification as a societal and economic process plays in the way value chains evolve, in response to social, environmental and economic concerns.