Economic Instruments to Enhance the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

“Economic Instruments to Enhance the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity”

Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli – Venice, Italy
September 21st-22nd, 2009

The Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) announces the Eleventh International BIOECON Conference on “Economic Instruments to Enhance the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity”. The Conference will be held at the Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, in Venice, Italy, on September 21st-22nd, 2009.

The Two day Conference is targeted to researchers, environmental professionals, international organizations and policy makers who are interested in working in the management and conservation of biodiversity. The Conference is 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 will be 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. An increasing number of businesses, which were responsible for biodiversity loss in the past, are now supporters of biodiversity conservation. Markets for organic agriculture and sustainably-harvested timber are developing at double-digit rates, while rapid growth is observed in the demand for climate mitigation services, such as the protection of forests and wetlands to absorb carbon dioxide. Bio-prospecting, the search for new compounds, genes and organisms in the wild, is another biodiversity business on the rise.

Papers are specifically invited on the themes of:

  • Assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of biodiversity conservation instruments, taking into account spatial and governmental considerations;
  • Development of new, incentive-compatible instruments to conserve biodiversity;
  • Evaluation of the costs of conservation policies versus the costs of ‘business-as-usual’ within an existing policy framework (e.g. agriculture, fisheries, infrastructure, climate change, etc) that causes ongoing losses of ecosystems and biodiversity.
  • Determination of the factors – including the choice of policy instruments – that increase or decrease a farmer’s or public body’s motivation to conserve biodiversity on their land;
  • Application to strategies and projects of the ecosystem services approach for assessing and valuing environmental impacts
  • Benefit transfer methodologies to assess the socio-economic and monetary value of ecosystems services;
    Applications of economic instruments to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, with particular emphasis on case studies in biodiversity hotspots.

They are particularly interested in papers documenting practical applications and experiences on the above themes. Theoretical contributions are welcome (e.g., using computer artificial intelligence approaches), but also more applied work (e.g. how public bodies – managing for example flood risks – can innovatively deliver wider ecosystem benefits, or how private landowners can be encouraged to conserve biodiversity on their land). We are also interested in multi-disciplinary papers that combine scientific and economic assessments. However, we will also accept papers on a range of other issues related to renewable resources and biodiversity management.

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