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The Extraordinary Collapse of Jatropha as a Global Biofuel
08-08-2011, 09:31 AM
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The Extraordinary Collapse of Jatropha as a Global Biofuel
The Extraordinary Collapse of Jatropha as a Global Biofuel

Promode Kant ,
Institute of Green Economy, C-312, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024, India
Shuirong Wu*
Chinese Academy of Forestry, Wanshoushan, Haidian District, Beijing 100091, China

    It appears to be an extreme case of a well intentioned top down climate mitigation approach, undertaken without adequate preparation and ignoring conflict of interest, and adopted in good faith by other countries, gone awry bringing misery to millions of poorest people across the world. And it happened because the principle of “due diligence” before taking up large ventures was ignored everywhere. As climate mitigation and adaptation activities intensify attracting large investments there is danger of such lapses becoming more frequent unless “due diligence” is institutionalized and appropriate protocols developed to avoid conflict of interest of research organizations. As an immediate step an international body like the FAO may have to intervene to stop further extension of Jatropha in new areas without adequate research inputs. Greater investments in dissemination of scientific data will help in ensuring due diligence does not cause undue delays in decision making.

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