Barbara Unmüßig

Barbara Unmüßig

Barbara Unmüßig is President of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, a position she has held since 2002. She is responsible for the international work of the foundation with thirty offices abroad. Her work focuses on issues of globalization; international climate, resource, and agricultural policy; gender policy; and the promotion of democracy. In the early 1990s, she managed the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) project office of the German League for Nature and Environment and Friends of the Earth Germany in preparation for the 1992 Earth Summit. In 1992, she was a founding member—and until 2002 spokesperson—of the Forum on Environment and Development, a German NGO. From 1993 until 2002, Barbara served as the executive chairperson of World Economy, Ecology, & Development (WEED).

  • GTI Contributions

    Monetizing Nature: Taking Precaution on a Slippery Slope Viewpoint
    Monetizing Nature: Taking Precaution on a Slippery Slope

    August 2014

    As support grows for placing a monetary value on nature’s services, we must take caution lest we ignore the socio-cultural dimensions of nature and subject it to the volatile and calculative logic of markets.

    Commentary from Robert Costanza, Herman Daly, Neil Glazer, Robert Hickey, Jutta Kill, Carolyn Raffensperger, William Rees, Neera Singh, and Achim Steiner, and a response by the author.