27 Feb Wildlife trade & textbook economics
Oxpeckers adviser Alejandro Nadal gave a presentation on wildlife trade at the recent International Wildlife Trafficking Symposium in London. Debate on wildlife trade policy, he said, “needs to take into account the fact that markets do not behave in accordance to the simplified narrative of textbook economics”.
Nadal is professor at the Center for Economic Studies of El Colegio de Mexico and co-chair of a working group of
the Commission for Environmental, Economic and Social Policies at the IUCN.
“If you are going to perform open heart surgery, you need to know something about blood pressure, temperature, medical records. And you need to know something about
how the cardiovascular system of that person works. And in this debate, you don’t even know the temperature — you don’t know how markets operate because you’re still working with this simple supply and demand thing with one commodity,” Nadal said.
Here’s his presentation: