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Economic valuation of forest ecosystem services: methodology and values

September 21, 2009

The Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, in association with Conservation International, DEFRA, Department of Land Economy of Cambridge University, Department of Economics of University of Ca’ Foscari Venice, and European Investment Bank, organized the Eleventh International BIOECON Conference on “Economic Instruments to Enhance the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity”. The Conference was held at the Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, in Venice, Italy, on September 21st-22nd, 2009.

The Conference was targeted at researchers, environmental professionals, international organisations and policy makers who were interested in working in the management and conservation of biodiversity. The Conference was focused on identifying the most effective and efficient instruments for biodiversity conservation, such as auctions of biodiversity conservation contracts, payment-for-services contracts, taxes, tradable permits, voluntary mechanisms and straightforward command and control. Special emphasis were given to policy reforms aimed at increasing the commercial rewards for conserving biodiversity, increasing the penalties for biodiversity loss and circulating information on the biodiversity performance requirements of firms.

Leading international environmental economists presented their latest research in two plenary sessions. Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Edward B. Barbier (University of Wyoming, USA)
  • Professor Anil Markandya, who gave a speech titled “How useful have economists been to the cause of biodiversity conservation?”.

The agenda also included two panel discussions:

  • European Investment Bank session (day 1) on Valuing Ecosystem Services: the Link Between Theory and Practice.
  • Conservation International session (day2) on Applying Economic Instruments to Enable People to Conserve Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Dr. Aline Chiabai participated in the Parallel Sesion 18 with the title “Economic valuation of forest ecosystem services: methodology and monetary estimates”

Dr. Elena Ojea participated in the Parallel Sesion 19 with “Towards a methodology for the costs of ecosystem adaptation: forest ecosystems in India”.



September 21, 2009
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