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2015-03-27 | News

Fourth Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Third Short Course to Policy Makers organized by Chilean EfD Center

Keynote Lecture

The EfD Chilean Center, Research Nucleus in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Concepción, organized for the fourth time, a discussion workshop on the design of public policies on the use of natural and environmental resources. The objective of the workshop was to develop a scientific discussion to think about the state of the art in Natural Resource Economics and the Environment in Chile and contribute to maintain a long-run collaborative relationship with Policy Makers working in the areas of fisheries management, air pollution control and climate change.

Specialists, who are actively working in the area, were invited to share their research with other specialists, generating a rich academic exchange from which new research ideas can be generated and possibilities for future collaboration can be explored.

The matters addressed are relevant to the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies for environmental protection and natural resources.  It has been very important to incorporate the professionals responsible for designing and implementing regulations from the State to contribute to maintain a long-run collaborative relationship with Policy Makers working in the areas of fisheries management, air pollution control and climate change. They face the practical problems of managing natural and environmental resources every day. For this reason, we invited professionals from different public institutions directly linked to the regulation of natural resources and environmental protection to participate actively in the workshop. Additionally, as a way to contribute to capacity building for the analysis of these problems and facilitate dialogue between regulators and academics, we organized a short course for policy makers and students in the Economics of Climate Change. Finally, young researchers presented their research projects and obtained feedback and information for their current and future work.

The workshop also included the participation of recognized international researchers. We were pleased to have the presence of scholars:

  • PhD. Carolyn Fischer, Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future and Associated Director of its Center for Climate and Electricity Policy.

  • PhD. Subhrendu K. Pattanayak, Professor of Public Policy and Environment at Stanford School of Public Policy & Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.  Professor Pattanayak leads an international initiative dedicated to study energy use and its impact on household’s health.

  • PhD. John Stranlund, Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts and Senior Adviser to the Nucleus.