Research Nucleus in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Concepción is organizing the Fifth Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, 5th and 6th October 2017, and the Fourth Short course to policy makers on “Compliance and Enforcement of Environmental Policy and Management of Natural Resources”, 4th October 2017. It will take place at Termas de Catillo, Maule Region in Chile.
The 22nd Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, is taking place Zurich from June 22-25, 2016.
Remember deadline for early registration is April 29.
The EfD annual meeting is a forum to bring together researchers from EfD centers, their collaborators and other key stakeholders for exchange of research ideas, discussion of research proposals and presentation of results from EfD projects.
Research Proposal: Improving energy efficiency in Costa Rican households: the effect of pecuniary and non-pecuniary incentives in shaping the timing of consumption
EfD researchers: Milagro Saborio
Collaborators: Anthony Kwasnica and James Shortle, Penn State University
During EfD's seventh annual meeting, spring began to warm the Western Cape of South Africa creating a fertile environment for over 70 delegates to present fresh research findings and exchange knowledge and techniques.
EfD-Kenya held its first Annual Workshop on August 7, 2013 at Fairview Hotel in Nairobi. The workshop brought together researchers, policy makers, academia and other stakeholders in the environment sector.
LACEEP's XI Biannual Short Course. The Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP), partner of the EfD-CA Center, hosted its XI Biannual Short Course between April 8 and 10, 2011 at CATIE, Turrialba, Costa Rica. This year the course was on the Economics of ecosystem services and biodiversity and it was taught by Professor Stephen Polasky, Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics at the University of Minnesota.
A Workshop on Methodologies for Pricing National Park Products will be held April 27-29 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The workshop is a continuation of the National Park Pricing Policy Workshop held in Kenya in November 2010.
PORT ELIZABETH: As long as farmers and wildlife have vied for their share of the veld here in South Africa, there has been a conflict, as the inevitable presence of wild predators has resulted in livestock loss.
Healthy forests in sub-Saharan Africa are an important source of wild pollinators, and thus support agricultural productivity and food security in the region, a conference in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, heard this November.
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) hosted the international workshop “Nature’s returns: Unlocking investment for forest ecosystem services” on June 1st and 2nd, 2016, in Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: Resource economists from seven countries met in Cape Town this April, in an effort to find a common method for calculating the value of urban green spaces, such as parks, within their region’s main cities.
EfD was presented as a solution model for working towards the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals when the SDSN Northern Europe was launched on February 25-26. Particularly the Ethiopian EfD center, ECRC was highlighted as an example.
Local economics researchers have hailed the announcement this month that the City of Cape Town will reverse a decision to sell a section of the Princess Vlei wetland near Diep River to developers, who planned to build a shopping mall.
Zimbabwe’s community-based conservation approach, which brings together peasant farmers in a tourism-focused approach to wildlife management, has not curbed poaching along the edge of protected areas as intended. And communities haven’t benefited as much from the income they hoped to gain from selling hunting licences, either.
Some rural communities in Zimbabwe are trying to get greater control of the income gained from hunting licenses, bypassing the regional government offices which have traditionally managed these revenues. And now, local economists want to understand if this is working to the benefit of the community, and if it’s enhancing their welfare.
South African conservation authorities could raise the daily park attendance fees for the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) by just over double, without a significant loss of visitors in response to the price hike.
Dr. Aloyce Hepelwa EfDTanzania research fellow will participate to the 5th Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF) that will take place in Kigali, Rwanda from 23 to 25th October, 2017 at Kigali Marriott Hotel. The Forum is organized by Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in collaboration with the Government of Rwanda and in partnership with Development Partners (BMZ/GIZ, BMU/GIZ and World Bank).
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: A working group of resource economists met in Cape Town this April to agree on the methods they will use in order to contribute to the development of a standardised national accounting system for valuing ecosystem services.
Natural spaces within city limits, such as wetlands or forests, can offer important support to cities in terms of helping to manage waste water, or slow down flood waters. But scientists shouldn’t over-sell certain of these ecosystem services when lobbying for their protection with city managers, because it could lead to greater pressure being put on these already over-pressured systems.
The beautiful Kogelberg coastline - a 100 km long stretch of towering mountains and craggy beaches about an hour’s drive east of Cape Town - and its surrounding tourist attractions are estimated to have a ‘recreational value’ of about US$27.2 million (ZAR272 million) annually.
Past Thursday 18th Pope Francisco released its long-awaited Encyclical on the Environment in which he warned against "suicidal" behavior of a global economic system. This same day a national news article acknowledged the participation of EfD-CA Center Director Francisco Alpizar in the Encyclical on the Environment. Alpizar was one of three Latin Americans who participated in the meeting held in May 2014 at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
To read the complete article please click Here (Spanish Only).
When poorer rural families in Zimbabwe are able to collect bushmeat, it may allow them to increase their household income through selling the meat within their communities. This means that if policies help support communities’ access to wildlife, these can address poverty and decrease the inequality gap in these areas.
Local communities are getting involved more and more in conservation projects in and around protected areas in southern Africa, as a way of complementing government-led or private sector efforts to shore up biodiversity and nature conservation.
The "National Commission of Lithium" ("Comisión Nacional del Litio", by its name in Spanish), which included among its members NENRE-Concepcion researcher Carlos Chávez, submitted the final report to the Chilean Government. The Commission had as objective to propose to the Chilean Government a public policy for the exploitation of Lithium in Chile.
EfD Central America center director Francisco Alpízar participated as part of a panel for the national radio show “Nuestra Voz” on January 14, 2015. The topic under discussion was: Practices to reduce the ecological footprint of Costa Rica to be urgently included in the education system. The panel approached critical issues on improving the practices to reduce the ecological footprint in the country.
Far from being barren wastelands, drier parts of the country like the Kgalagadi are actually treasures for poor rural communities, who are heavily depend on the natural environment as an alternative source of income.
In an effort to gauge the appropriate entrance and conservation fees for three southern African nature reserves, researchers associated with the University of Cape Town’s Environmental Policy Research Unit (EPRU) in South Africa spent the month of August poring over results from recent surveys conducted in the respective parks.
With rising operating costs and no increases in state subsidies, SANParks needs to find alternative ways to fund its national conservation parks in South Africa. But conservation and entrance fees charged at park gates are usually determined unscientifically, and parks can’t show any hard research to explain visitor cover charges.
The presentations on forest management reform research conducted by EfD in Tanzania, Ethiopia and China addressed major issues such as how effective the reforms are in preventing deforestation and forest degradation and the impacts of different forms of forest management on communities dependent on forest resources.
In three separate research briefs EPRU Research Fellow, Johane Dikgang and Senior Research Fellow, Edwin Muchapondwa, analyze the situation in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) extending between Botswana and South Africa.
On Wednesday October 23, EPRU hosted the EfD Policy day at Commodore Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa. The policy day brought together policy makers from various governmental levels, practioners, NGOs, international and national researchers. The purpose of the day was twofold, first to identify South African policy makers’ research priorities as input to EPRU’s work, second to highlight examples from EPRU’s research and capacities. The policy day included three distinct sessions focusing on fishery economics; biodiversity and conservation; and climate change.
Within the unique wetland area Mpumalanga Lake District in South Africa lies the site of a proposed, and controversial, opencast coal mine, the Lusthof colliery. It will require a preliminary ‘set-aside’ of about 70 million South African rands (9 million USD) to fund maintenance of water quality in the area’s rivers and lakes for a hundred years after closure, EfD researcher shows. Such set-asides to meet mine closure costs are required by South Africa’s mining legislation.
EfD Associate Paul Guthiga, Kenya, is one of the authors of an article that will be published in 13 September 2012 issue of Nature. The paper is titled “Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas”. It is a collaborative publication with many authors. Guthiga´s contribution arose from previous work on Kakamega forest in Kenya.