For Policymakers

Prof. Edward Barbier

Full Lecture
The Policy Challenge of Ecological Scarcity

Edward B. Barbier is the John S Bugas Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming. He has over 25 years experience as an environmental and resource economist, working on natural resource and development issues as well as the interface between economics and ecology. He has served as a consultant and policy analyst for a variety of national, international and non-governmental agencies, including many UN organizations and the World Bank. Professor Barbier is on the editorial boards of several leading economics and natural science journals, and he appears in the 4th edition of Who’s Who in Economics.  He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, written or edited twenty-one books, and published in popular journals. Some of his well-known works include Blueprint for a Green Economy (with David Pearce and Anil Markandya, 1989), Natural Resources and Economic Development (2005), A Global Green New Deal (2010), Scarcity and Frontiers: How Economies Have Developed Through Natural Resource Exploitation (2011) and Capitalizing on Nature: Ecosystems as Natural Assets (2011).

Dr. Andrew Rosenberg

(Marine Biologist, Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President for Science + Knowledge at Conservation International)

Full Lecture
Connecting Biodiversity to Ecosystem Services in Ocean Ecosystems and Fisheries

Dr. Andrew Rosenberg is a world-renowned scientist, policy expert, scholar, businessperson, and academic leader.  With in-depth understanding of ecosystem services, he guides CI’s Science + Knowledge team to develop tools and processes that empower decision-makers with the information they need to make sound, sustainable development decisions that include thoughtful natural resource management. Since 2000, Andy has been a Professor of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), serving as Dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture from 2000 to 2004.  His teaching and research experience includes marine ecology, fisheries, environmental policy, historical ecology, and ecosystem-based management.

Prior to joining UNH, one of Andy’s posts was Deputy Director of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, the senior career position in the agency. Andy is a Member of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, the National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board, the UN Group of Experts for Global Marine Assessment, the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change, and the National Science Foundation Geosciences Advisory Board, among others.  In the past, he has served as the U.S. lead representative in several international fishery management organizations, such as NAFO, NASCO and FAO.

Pavan Sukhdev

(McCluskey Fellow, Yale University)

Full Lecture
Measuring to Manage; Indicators & Accounting Systems

Pavan Sukhdev is the Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory, an environmental consulting firm which helps governments and corporations discover, value and manage their impacts on natural and human capital. He has been awarded the 2011 McCluskey Fellowship by Yale University. Earlier, he was Special Adviser and Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative, & lead author of their “Green Economy Report”, & also Study Leader for the G8+5 commissioned project on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (“TEEB”). He was appointed to lead TEEB in 2008 by the EU Commission and Germany whilst still working full time at Deutsche Bank. A career banker, Pavan took a sabbatical from Deutsche to lead these two environmental projects for UNEP. While at Deutsche Bank, Pavan had founded and then chaired Global Markets Centre – Mumbai, a leading-edge front-office offshoring company. Pavan chairs the World Economic Forum’s “Global Agenda Council” on Biodiversity, and was a speaker at Davos in 2010 and 2011. He serves on the boards of Conservation International and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Dr. Stephen Polasky

(Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota)

Full Lecture
Inclusive Wealth and Sustainable Development

Stephen Polasky received a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1986. He previously held faculty positions at Oregon State University and Boston College. Dr. Polasky was the senior staff economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers 1998-1999. He was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in 2010.  He was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007.

His research includes ecosystem services, natural capital, biodiversity conservation, endangered species policy, integrating ecological and economic analysis, renewable energy, environmental regulation, and common property resources. His papers have been published in Biological Conservation, Ecological Applications, Journal of Economics Perspectives, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, International Economic Review, Land Economics,Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science and other journals.  He has served as co-editor and associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, as associate editor for International Journal of Business and Economics, and is currently serving as an associate editor for Conservation Letters, Ecology and Society and Ecology Letters. Stephen is also a University Fellow at Resources for the Future, Research Fellow with The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Research Associate, Environmental & Energy Economics Program, National Bureau of Economic Research, Resident Fellow of the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, Member of Board of Directors and Science Council, The Nature Conservancy, Co-leader for Mapping and Valuing Ecosystem Services for the Natural Capital Project.

Dr. Rosimeiry Portela

(Conservation International)

Full Lecture
Payments for Ecosystem Services:
From Theory to Practice


Rosimeiry Portela is an Ecological Economist/Senior Director in the Global Change and Ecosystem Services group of the Science + Knowledge Division at Conservation International (CI). She leads a small team of researchers working on a variety of biophysical and economics modeling techniques to estimate the provision, benefits and values of ecosystem services at multiple scales and across terrestrial and marine biomes. Working in collaboration with several CI Divisions, Field Offices and external research partners, every effort is made to ensure her scientific work on ecosystem services is policy-relevant.

Elements of Dr. Portela's work include: spatial assessment and valuation of ecosystem service provision; supporting the development and application of ARIES – a web-based tool for assisting rapid ecosystem service assessment and valuation; supporting the development of the scientific framework of The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity - TEEB; supporting the implementation of the World Bank-led initiative Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services - WAVES).

Pavan Sukhdev

(McCluskey Fellow, Yale University)

Full Lecture
Making REDD+ Real

Pavan Sukhdev is the Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory, an environmental consulting firm which helps governments and corporations discover, value and manage their impacts on natural and human capital. He has been awarded the 2011 McCluskey Fellowship by Yale University. Earlier, he was Special Adviser and Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative, & lead author of their “Green Economy Report”, & also Study Leader for the G8+5 commissioned project on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (“TEEB”). He was appointed to lead TEEB in 2008 by the EU Commission and Germany whilst still working full time at Deutsche Bank. A career banker, Pavan took a sabbatical from Deutsche to lead these two environmental projects for UNEP. While at Deutsche Bank, Pavan had founded and then chaired Global Markets Centre – Mumbai, a leading-edge front-office offshoring company. Pavan chairs the World Economic Forum’s “Global Agenda Council” on Biodiversity, and was a speaker at Davos in 2010 and 2011. He serves on the boards of Conservation International and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Dr. Markus Lehmann

(Head of Economics & Trade, Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal)

Full Lecture
Subsidy Reforms & Regulations
 
Markus Lehmann is the Economist at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), heading their economics and trade programme. He was part of the core team preparing the TEEB report for national and international policymakers, and was the coordinating lead author of chapter 6 of this report, on subsidy reforms.
Prior to joining the United Nations, he held research and teaching positions with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, with the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, and with Free University Berlin. He holds a diploma in economics and a Dr. rer. pol., both from Free University Berlin.

Dr. Aaron Bruner

(Conservation International)

Full Lecture
An Economic Perspective on Protected Areas
 
Aaron Bruner is Director of the Economics and Planning program at Conservation International.  He was lead author of TEEB for Policy Makers chapter 8.2 – Weighing the Benefits and Costs of Protected areas.
 
Mr. Bruner has nearly fifteen years of on-the-ground experience working on environmental and human development challenges in over a dozen countries.  He currently focuses on evaluating the contribution of protected areas to national and local economies, supporting governments in integrating natural capital into development planning processes, and assisting rural communities in designing and managing community owned conservation areas.

Ian Bateman

Full Lecture
National Ecosystem Assessment
 
Professor Ian Bateman's research seeks to value the true cost of pollution and the true worth of environmental improvements. Recently completed research includes: the ChREAM project which examines the effectiveness of policies to control agricultural pollution as well as the impact of such measures upon farm incomes; the AQUAMONEY project which looks at the recreational and ecological benefits of water improvement policies; and the VERHI project which seeks to guide policies concerned with environmental impacts upon child health. Professor Bateman leads the Economics team for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) funded by Defra, the UK National Assemblies and others and is Principal Investigator of the NERC Valuing Nature Network which seeks to bring together natural scientists, economists, social scientists, the policy community and business leaders to provide an integrated basis for environmental decision making. He is also Principal Investigator of the ESRC SEER Large Grant award which seeks to put the ecosystem services approach to decision analysis into practice.

Contact TEEB @ Yale

For questions, or for the TEEB@Yale syllabus and accompanying educational materials, contact devin.judge-lord@yale.edu, kavita.sharma@yale.edu or pavan.sukhdev@yale.edu.

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