The Rights of Nature

An emerging transformation opportunity for evaluation

Authors

  • Louise Gallagher UNEP/GRID-Geneva, University of Geneva https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4697-2246
  • Zenda Ofir Independent evaluation specialist, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy, Berlin, Germany; School for Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3138/cjpe.71575

Keywords:

Ecosystems, biodiversity, Rights of Nature, Transformation, Systems thinking, Indigenous peoples

Abstract

The United Nations is calling on governments, private sector and civil society to “build back better” post-COVID-19. To transform our societies for healthier and more resilient futures for people and nature. It is at this nexus of theory and practice on urgent global environmental changes that appropriate evaluation insights, approaches and methods are needed to nurture new pathways forward. We need new ideas that challenge ‘ business as usual’ to do this. This article argues the Rights of Nature is one such emerging concept that evaluators interested in transformation have the power and means to engage with already in hand.

 

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Published

2021-10-21

Issue

Section

Thematic segment: Transforming evaluation practice for ‘Business Unusual’