BC3-UPV/EHU Seminars: “Groundwater Management in a Food Security Context”

BC3-Basque Centre for Climate Change Sede Building 1, 1st floor, Scientific Park of the University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Bizkaia, Spain

Prof. Jean-Christophe Pereau
University of Bordeaux

This article analyzes the sustainability of market-based instruments such as tradable permits for the management of a renewable aquifer used for irrigated agriculture. In our dynamic hydro-economic model, a water agency aims at satisfying a food security constraint within a tradable permit scheme in the presence of myopic heterogeneous agents.
We identify analytically the viability kernel that defines the states of the resource yielding inter-temporal feasible paths able to satisfy the set of constraints over time and the associated set of viable quota policies. We then illustrate the theoretical results of the paper with numerical simulations based on the Western La Mancha aquifer.

BC3 Seminar: ” Credible, effective and publicly acceptable policies to decarbonise the European Union”

BC3-Basque Centre for Climate Change Sede Building 1, 1st floor, Scientific Park of the University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Bizkaia, Spain

This seminar investigates the extent to which current policies and institutional arrangements are fit for purpose for the new decarbonisation phase into which the EU is entering. It summarises the main findings from the Statkraft research programme, ‘“Fit-for-purpose” energy and climate change mitigation policies for the European Union’, completed in December 2017.

BC3 Seminar: “Plural values of nature – the means determine the end”

BC3-Basque Centre for Climate Change Sede Building 1, 1st floor, Scientific Park of the University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Bizkaia, Spain

Research on nature-society interactions if a very broad field involving many specialisms and disciplinary schools. From a values perspective, conflicts occur when values of different groups are traded off: economic development versus indigenous culture, profit farming versus landscape heritage.

BC3 Seminar: What is the future of the Paramos in a warmer world?

BC3-Basque Centre for Climate Change Sede Building 1, 1st floor, Scientific Park of the University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Bizkaia, Spain

Climate models predict that the temperature will increase between 2 and 5 ° C over the next 50 years impacting ecosystems, biodiversity, and carbon dynamics. Of particular interest are high mountain ecosystems such as Páramo that stores large amounts of organic carbon in their soil and are home to many endemic species vulnerable to climate change. An increase in temperature in this ecosystem could accelerate the decomposition of organic matter in the soil and thus increase the release of carbon, which in turn could feed back the greenhouse effect and help to increase the global temperature

BC3 seminar: Green Public Procurement and Organic Food Policy in Sweden

BC3-Basque Centre for Climate Change Sede Building 1, 1st floor, Scientific Park of the University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Bizkaia, Spain

Increasing organic food production has earned increasing attention during the last decades by EU and Swedish policy makers alike. Green Public Procurement is seen as a useful tool to shape consumption and production trends, increase demand for organic food and thereby alter the market structure in favor of organic food. However, the impact of a green procurement policy is an empirical question and depends on market characteristics such as the size of public consumption in the particular market, the supply elasticities of producers and other intermediate actors, and demand elasticities of private consumers. In this seminar, I will present some previous, ongoing and future research by me and my colleagues that relates to green public procurement in general, and organic food policy in particular.