The central theme will focus on the identification of 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 measures. Special attention will be given to the role of public bodies/NGOs in the creation of innovative mechanisms for the delivery of ecosystem benefits and in promoting the participation of a wider range of economic agents (business/families/local communities) in biodiversity conservation. We will also focus on policy reforms in specific sectors, including agriculture, urban planning and green buildings, fisheries, forests, industry, renewable energy, waste management and water, tourism and transport, focusing on the roles of each in green economic development.
In addition, particular attention will paid to analyses of the impacts and dependencies of different businesses on biodiversity and ecosystems, and the potential contributions of corporations to a more resource-efficient economy. The role of biodiversity as an employment generator will also be addressed. Finally, we will take a close look the beneficiaries of biodiversity and ecosystem services, exploring the potential use of these resources for poverty alleviation, and with examples of successful policies to this end.
The Conference will cover two days. Leading international environmental economists will present their latest research in two plenary sessions:
Prof. Geoffrey Heal, Columbia Business School, USA
Sustainability, Nature's Services and Economic Progress
Dr. Joshua Bishop, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Switzerland
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB): Overview and research implications
Two specially-focused plenary panel discussions are also scheduled:
1. Bringing science to action: insights from conservation practitioners on Climate Policy and REDD+, chaired by Conservation International
Andrew Mitchell, Director, Global Canopy Programme, UK
Anil Markandya, Scientific Director, Basque Centre for Climate Change, Spain
Celia Harvey, Vice President, Science and Knowledge, Conservation International, USA
2. Innovative participatory methods on valuation: a social take on biodiversity values, chaired by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
Pushpam Kumar, Professor, University of Liverpool, and Ecological and Economic Foundation co-ordinator, TEEB, UK
Peter Carter, Associate Director, Head of Sustainable Development Unit, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
Rudolf S. de Groot, Professor, Wageningen University, and TEEB, Germany.
A round table devoted to The Inclusive Wealth Report has been organised by the United Nations Environment Programme
Karl-Goram Maler, The Beijer Institute, Sweden
Anantha Kumar Durajappah, International Human Dimensions Program, Germany
Asa Jansson, The Beijer Institute, Sweden
The Conference will open with an evening reception at the Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli on September 26th. Conference sessions will commence on the morning of September 27th and end on the afternoon of September 28th. A Conference dinner will be organised on the evening of September 27th. Lunches and refreshments will also be provided.
The registration fee for conference auditors is €198. This fee includes the cocktail reception, the social dinner, four coffee breaks and two lunches. The registration fee for those presenting papers is €130, with the exception of BIOECON Partners. Travel and accommodation expenses remain the responsibility of all the participants.
Go to the online registration page [REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED]
Ecosystem Services Training Day
The Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, in association with Conservation International, is glad to launch the Ecosystem Services Training Day, that will be held at the Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, Venice, Italy, on September 29th, 2010.
The Ecosystem Services Training Day is targeted to all BIOECON participants, and required of participants from developing countries whose participation has been sponsored through scholarships by UNEP.
Themes to be address include â€˜Valuation of Ecosystem Services, Payment for Ecosystem Services, Climate Mitigation and Adaptation, REDD+, Decision-Making Toolsâ€™ followed by the presentation of case studies. Instructors refer to both scientists and practitioners from different organizations.
For information and application, visit the Ecosystem Services Training Day Website
Announcement and Call for papers
Programme and papers