Call for papers: 18th Annual BIOECON Conference

BIOECON-logoWhat: The 18th Annual Biodiversity and Economics for Conservation (BIOECON) Conference “Instruments and Incentive Mechanisms for Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Service Provision”
When: 14-16 September 2016
Where: Kings College, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

BIOECON-18 will be hosted by the London School of Economics (LSE), the Graduate Institute-Geneva (IHEID) and Cambridge University Department of Land Economy (UCAM), and supported by the Founding Partners of the BIOECON Network: IHEID, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), UNEP, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (GRI-LSE).

BIOECON 18 will be of interest to both researchers and policy makers working on issues in the area of biodiversity, ecosystem services, and sustainable development, in both developed and developing countries. In particular, we wish to explore the latest theoretical and empirical research on instruments and incentive mechanisms. The conference aims to present evidence on which instruments have worked and research on new instruments and incentive mechanisms that offer potential improvements or refinements on the existing toolkit. For instance, can conservation and environmental objectives be achieved via Conditional Cash/Social Transfers? How can Payments for Ecosystem Services be scaled-up from their current limited applications? What instruments can assist in conserving biodiversity as part of natural capital? The conference welcomes work on developed and developing country experiences.

Paper submissions are invited on the themes of:

  •     Evaluation of biodiversity-related policies
  •     Institutional frameworks for resource conservation (property rights, market instruments etc.)
  •     The role of behavioural economics in biodiversity conservation policy design
  •     Experimental (lab and field) approaches to biodiversity and ecosystem service conservation
  •     Institution-building for provision of global public goods
  •     Valuation methodology and its application to biodiversity conservation
  •     Issues of governance and management of natural resources in developing countries
  •     Development, growth and resource constraints
  •     Resources management, distribution, development, poverty alleviation.

Electronic copies should be sent to Ms Kristel Suijs at bioecon[at] no later than Monday 23rd May 2016.

To know more about BIOECON and how to submit your paper, see the BIOECON-18 Website.