With the support of:

Instruments and Incentive Mechanisms
for Biodiversity Conservation
and Ecosystem Service Provision

14-16 September 2016
Kings College, Cambridge
United Kingdom


DAY 1:
DAY 2:
14.00 - 19.30

Kings College
7.45 - 8.45
Breakfast Breakfast
8.00 - 8.45
Registration Checkout
8.45 - 9.00
Welcome Address
Final Announcement
9.00 - 10.00
Plenary Session 1 Plenary Session 2
10.00 - 10.30
Coffee break Coffee break
10.30 - 12.30
Parallel Sessions A1 - A4
Parallel Sessions D1 - D4
12.30 - 13.30
Lunch Lunch
13.30 - 15.00
Parallel Sessions B1 - B4
Plenary Policy Session 2
15.00 - 15.30
Coffee break Coffee break
15.30 - 17.00
Parallel Sessions C1 - C4 Parallel Sessions E1 - E4
17.00 - 18.30
Plenary Policy Session 1
18.30 - 19.30
BIOECON internal meetings
19.15 - 20.00
Pre-dinner Drinks
20.00 - 22.00
Social Dinner

Download the Conference Book & List of Participants [ pdf PDF ]

Wednesday 14 September 2016

8:30 - 18:00 IIED-BIOECON Policy Workshop on "Upscaling solution for poverty reduction and ecosystem management through conditional transfers" Kings College
Event by Invitation Only

14:00 – 19:30 Registration                                                             Office

18:00 - 19:30 Welcome Cocktail                                                                                                       Back Lawn


Thursday 15 September 2016

08:00 – 08:45 Registration                                                                                                                 Office

08:45 – 9:00 Welcome Address – Ben GROOM                                                                            Keynes Hall


09:00 – 10:00 PLENARY SESSION 1

Chair: Andreas KONTOLEON Keynes Hall

Keynote Address

Sir Partha DASGUPTA, University of Cambridge and University of Manchester, UK
Socially Embedded Preferences, Environmental Externalities, and Reproductive Rights

PPT Presentation [pdf]

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break                                                                                                                 

10:30 – 12.30 PARALLEL SESSIONS A1 – A4

10:30 – 12.30 PARALLEL SESSION A1: UNEP Special Session on Payments for Environmental Services

Chair: Yohei MITANI Keynes Hall

Katrina MULLAN, University of Montana, USA
Can Tropical Agriculture Be Sustained? Evidence on the Relative Values of ‘Old’ and ‘Young’ Agricultural Land on the Brazilian Amazon Frontier
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Liv Lundberg

Liv LUNDBERG, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Improving the Cost-Effectiveness of PES through Benefit Targeting & Reverse Auctions - What Determines the Gains?
Discussant: Zhaoyang Liu

Zhaoyang LIU, University of Cambridge, UK
Smart Payments Only for Smart Minds? An Artefactual Experiment on the Performance of Agglomeration Bonuses in Conservation Auctions
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Yohei Mitani

Yohei MITANI, University of East Anglia, UK and Kyoto University, Japan
Hierarchical Agglomeration Bonus for Private Land Conservation 
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Katrina Mullan

10:30 – 12.30  PARALLEL SESSION A2 - Biodiversity and Ecosystem Values I: Agriculture

Chair: Barbara LANGLOIS Beves Room

Ben GROOM, London School of Economics, UK
Putting Biodiversity into Context: Cereal Biodiversity, Production Potential and Technical Efficiency in Ethiopia
Discussant: Basak Bayramoglu

Basak BAYRAMOGLU, INRA-Agro Paris Tech, France
Land Use and Freshwater Ecosystems in France
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Salvatore Di Falco

Salvatore Di FALCO, Université de Geneve, Switzerland
Climate Shocks and the Emergence of the Reluctant Entrepreneur in Rural Ethiopia
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Barbara Langlois

Barbara LANGLOIS, Université Paris-Saclay, France
Agroecological Production Possibility Frontiers and the Role of Economic Incentives in the Provision of Ecosystem Services
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Ben Groom

10:30 – 12.30  PARALLEL SESSION A3  -  Fisheries

Chair: Martin QUAAS    Saltmarsh Recepion Room

Eric TROMEUR, AgroParisTech, Université Paris-Saclay, France
Optimal Biodiversity Loss in Multispecies Fisheries
Discussant: Olli Tahvonen

Olli TAHVONEN, University of Helsinki, Finland
What Difference Does it Make? Age Structure, Gear Selectivity, Stochastic Recruitment, and Economic vs. MSY Objectives in the Baltic cod Fishery
Discussant: Angela Münch

Angela MÜNCH, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, USA
Observer Effects in the Gulf of Maine ground Fish Sector?
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Martin Quaas

Martin QUAAS, Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Germany
Global Fish Catches and Trade in the World of 2050
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Eric Tromeur

10:30 – 12.30  PARALLEL SESSION A4   -   Experiments and Behaviour I: Conservation Payments

Chair: Elisabeth GSOTTBAUER Saltmarsh Dining Room

Andreas KONTOLEON, University of Cambridge, UK and Wageningen University, Germany
Unconditional Transfers and Tropical Deforestation. Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in Sierre Leone
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Estelle Midler

Estelle MIDLER, Osnabrück University, Germany
Effectiveness of Payments for Water Services: The Impact of Income Inequalities and Entitlements
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Federico Cammelli

Federico CAMMELLI, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
Rainforests on Fire: Amazonian Farmers' Response to Fire Policies and Climate Change
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Elisabeth Gsottbauer

Elisabeth GSOTTBAUER, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Coordination and Inequalities in Agglomeration Payments: An Experimental Analysis
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Andreas Kontoleon

12:30 – 13:30    Lunch                                                                                        

13:30-15:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS B1 - B4

13:30-15:00 PARALLEL SESSION B1  -  Forests I

Chair: Aino ASSMUTH                             Saltmarsh Reception Room

Jens ABILDTRUP, UMR AgroParisTech – INRA, France
Optimal Rotation Periods: An Application of Contract Theory to Forest Regulation
Discussant: Marc Conte

Marc CONTE, Fordham University, USA
District Subdivision and the Location of Smallholder Forest Conversion
Discussant: Aino Assmuth

Aino ASSMUTH, University of Helsinki, Finland
Optimal Carbon Storage in Generalized Size-Structures Forestry
Discussant: Jens Abildtrup

13:30 – 15.00 PARALLEL SESSION B2  -   Stated Preferences I: Inequality and Discounting

Chair: Maria LOUREIRO                                                                    Keynes Seminar Room 2

Mark KOETSE, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Expectations on Others as Anchors in Donating to a Public Environmental Good
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Jasper Meya

Jasper MEYA, University of Oldenburg, Germany
Income Inequality and Willingness to Pay for Public Environmental Goods
Discussant: Maria Loureiro

Maria LOUREIRO, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Promoting Conservation in Shellfish Fisheries: The Role of Economic Incentives and Social Norms 
Discussant: Mark Koetse

13:30-15:00 PARALLEL SESSION B3   -  Land Use and Deforestation: Evidence from Latin America

Chair: Katharine SIMS Beves Room

Charles PALMER, London School of Economics, UK
Was Von Thünen Right? Cattle Intensification and Deforestation in Brazil
Discussant: Silke Heuser

Silke HEUSER, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Indigenous Land Rights and Deforestation: Evidence from the Brazilian Amazon
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Katharine Sims

Katharine SIMS, Amherst College, USA
Parks Versus PES: Evaluating Direct and Incentive-Based Land Conservation in Mexico
Discussant: Charles Palmer

13:30-15:00 PARALLEL SESSION B4   -   Experiments and Behaviour II: Cooperation and Public Goods

Chair: Benjamin OUVRARD                                                                                           Saltmarsh Dining Room

Ganga SHREEDHAR, London School of Economics, UK
Monitoring Networks in a Common Pool Resource Dilemma: Experimental Evidence on Extraction, Punishment and Beliefs
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Timo Goeschl

Timo GOESCHL, Heidelberg University, Germany
Cooperation in Public Good Games. Calculated or Confused?
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Anne Stenger

Benjamin OUVRARD, University of Strasbourg, France
Nudge in Networks
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Ganga Shreedhar

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break                                                                                          

15:30 – 17.00 PARALLEL SESSION C1-C4

15:30 – 17.00 PARALLEL SESSION C1   -  Amenity, Restoration and Regulation

Chair: Ian D. HODGE: Keynes Seminar Room 2

Maria LOUREIRO, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Economic Valuation of Climate Change Induced Vinery Landscape Impacts on Tourism Flows in Tuscany
Discussant: Moritz Drupp

Moritz DRUPP, University of Kiel and University of Freiburg, Germany
Truth-Telling to the Regulator? Evidence from a Field Experiment with Commercial Fishermen
[Please contact author for full paper at ]

Discussant: Ian D. Hodge

Ian D. HODGE, University of Cambridge, UK
Short Term Projects Versus Adaptive Governance: Conflicting Demands in the Management of Ecological Restoration
Discussant: Maria Loureiro

15:30 – 17.00  PARALLEL SESSION C2   -   Discounting: Ecosystems, Mortality and Common Property

Chair:  Jesús MARÍN-SOLANO                                                                                                  Beves Room

Eli FENICHEL, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, USA
The Representative Agent Must Die: Using Demographics to Inform Social Discount Rates
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Stefan Baumgärtner

Stefan BAUMGÄRTNER, University of Freiburg, Germany
The Relationship between Intragenerational and Intergenerational Justice in the Use of Ecosystems and Their Services
Discussant: Jesús Marín-Solano

Jesús MARÍN-SOLANO, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Pareto Inefficiency and Dynamic Bargaining in Common Property Resource Games with Asymmetric Players
Discussant: Eli Fenichel

15:30 – 17.00 PARALLEL SESSION C3  -  Biodiversity and Ecosystem Values II: Insurance

Chair:  Kevin BERRY               Saltmarsh Reception Room

Bartosz BARTKOWSKI, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany
Are Diverse Ecosystems More Valuable? A Conceptual Framework of the Economic Value of Biodiversity and its Estimation
Discussant: Yuki Henselek

Yuki HENSELEK, University of Freiburg, Germany
The Economic Insurance Value of Wild Pollinators in Almond Orchards in California
 Discussant: Kevin Berry

Kevin BERRY, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, USA
The Environmental Insurance Trap
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Bartosz Bartkowski

15:30 – 17.00 PARALLEL SESSION C4  -  Experiments and Behaviour III: Developing Countries

Chair: Rüdiger PETHIG                                                                                           Saltmarsh Dining Room

Henry TRAVERS, Imperial College London, UK
Applying the Carrot and Stick in a Cambodian Commons: An Experimental Games Approach to the Investigation of Conservation Incentives
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Daan Van Soest

Efficiency and Practical Feasibility of Payments for Ecosystem Services: Evidence from the Field
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Rüdiger Pethig

Rüdiger PETHIG, University of Siegen, Germany
Coaseian Biodiversity Conservation. Who Benefits?
Discussant: Henry Travers

17:00 - 18:30 International Institute for Environment and Development and UNEP Panel Session: Upscaling solution for poverty reduction and ecosystem management through conditional transfers

Chair / Moderator: Ina PORRAS                                                                                                    Keynes Hall

Panel session presentation


Sven WUNDER, Principal Scientist, CIFOR
Setting up the scene: the use of conditional transfers, including Payments for Ecosystem Services, to achieve social and environmental objectives

Leshan JIN, Executive Director, China Eco-compensation Policy Research Center (CEPRC)
The Sloping Lands Conversion Programme in the People’s Republic of China

Virgilio VIANA, Executive Director Fundação Amazonas Sustentável
The experience of Bolsa Floresta in Brazil

Abenet MENGISTU, Coordinator of PSNP Public Works; Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources
The experience of the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) in Ethiopia

Ina PORRAS, Senior Economist IIED
Key messages from the IIED workshop on upscaling conditional transfers


Scientific and Institutional Partners Meeting      Beves Room

19:15-20:00     Pre-Dinner Drinks Back Lawn

20:00-22:00 CONFERENCE SOCIAL DINNER     Dining Hall


Friday 16 September 2016

08:45 – 9:00 Final Announcements                               Keynes Hall

9:00 – 10:00 PLENARY SESSION 2

Chair: Ben GROOM Keynes Hall

Keynote Address

Prof. Amy ANDO, University of Illinois and Resources for the Future, USA
Uncertainty in and distribution of the benefits of conservation

PPT Presentation [pdf]

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break       

10:30 – 12:30 PARALLEL SESSIONS D1 - D4

10:30 – 12.30 PARALLEL SESSION D1  - Marine Biodiversity

Chair: Paulo A.L.D. NUNES                                                                                                   Beves Room

Elizabeth ROBINSON, University of Reading, UK
Optimal Siting and Sizing of Marine Protected Areas in Lower Income Countries: Labor Allocation, Location Decisions, and Incomplete Enforcement
Discussant: Greti Lucaroni

Greti LUCARONI, IUAV University, Italy
Restoration of Improved Biodiversity or Prevention of Biodiversity Loss? The Economic Value of Some Coralligenous Habitats in the North Adriatic Sea
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Maarten Punt

Maarten PUNT, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Noise Signals Value: Trading of Marine Mammals and Seismic Survey Information

Discussant: Paulo A.L.D. Nunes

Paulo A.L.D. NUNES, UNEP Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, Kenya
Understanding and Valuing the Marine Ecosystem Services of the Northern Mozambique Channel
Discussant: Elizabeth Robinson

10:30 – 12.30   PARALLEL SESSION D2   -  Stated Preferences II: Developing Country Applications

Chair: Marije SCHAAFSMA                                                                                                    Saltmash Reception Room

Oleg SHEREMET, University of St Andrews, UK
Consumer Demand for Rhino Horn in Vietnam: Insights from a Choice Experiment
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Sarobidy Rakotonarivo

Sarobidy RAKOTONARIVO, Bangor University, UK
Willingness-To-Pay or Willingness-To-Accept? Contested Property Rights in Forest Conservation in Madagascar
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Marije Schaafsma

Marije SCHAAFSMA, University of Southampton, UK
Testing the Reliability of Individual and Group-Based Choice Experiments in a Low-Income Country Context
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Oleg Sheremet

10:30 – 12.30   PARALLEL SPECIAL SESSION D3 - Integrating ecological and economic analysis to inform policy design to conserve biodiversity and preserve ecosystem services

Chair: Emeline HILY                                                                                                  Keynes Hall

Michaela ROBERTS, University of St. Andrews, UK
User Fees Across Ecosystem Boundaries: Are SCUBA Divers Willing to Pay for Terrestrial Biodiversity Conservation?
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Mark Brady

Mark BRADY, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Ecological Intensification of Agriculture: Balancing Future Food Production with Environmental Protection?
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Ciaran Ellis

Ciaran ELLIS, University of Stirling, UK
Pesticides and Bees: Ecological-Economic Modelling of Bee Populations on Farmland
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Emeline Hily

Emeline HILY, INRA, France
Cost-Effectiveness of Agri-Environmental Schemes under Climate Change
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Michaela Roberts

10:30 – 12.30  PARALLEL SESSION D4  - Forests II

Chair: Janne RÄMÖ                                                                                                        Saltmarsh Dining Room

Philippe POLOMÉ, University of Lyon, France
Forest Owners Motivations for Adopting Programs of Biodiversity Protection
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Jonathan Quartey

Jonathan QUARTEY, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
Forestry Policy as a Tool for Biodiversity Conservation in the Ashanti Region of Ghana: Does Equity Matter?
Discussant: Mary Ryan

Mary RYAN, TEAGASC - Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Ireland
Heterogeneous Economic and Behavioural Drivers of the Farm Afforestation Decision
Discussant: Janne Rämö

Janne RÄMÖ, University of Helsinki, Finland
Optimal Continuous Cover Forestry with Dead Wood as a Biodiversity Indicator
Discussant: Philippe Polomé

12:30 – 13:30    Lunch                                                                Dining Hall             

13:30 – 15.00 US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and WCMC UNEP panel session:
How good is good enough?  Standards of Evidence to Ensure the Value of Biodiversity is Reflected in Public and Private Decision-Making in the Context of Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital

Chair/Moderator: James VAUSE Keynes Hall


Jake REYNOLDS, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Amy ANDO, University of Illinois, USA
Giles ATKINSON, London School of Economics
Bhaskar VIRA, University of Cambridge

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break                                                                                  

15:30 – 17:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS E1-E4

15:30 – 17:00 PARALLEL SESSION E1  - Ecosystem Auctions

Chair: Eirik ROMSTAD                                                                                                                        Beves Room

Stuart WHITTEN, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Australia
Conservation Tenders in Developed and Developing Countries - Status Quo, Challenges and Prospects
Discussant: Martin Drechsler

Martin DRECHSLER, UFZ-Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany
Generating Spatially Optimised Habitat: A Trade-Off Between Social Optimality and Budget Efficiency
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Eirik Romstad

Eirik ROMSTAD, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
Bidding Behavior in Contract Auctions with Incomplete Monitoring
Discussant: Stuart Whitten

15:30 – 17:00 PARALLEL SESSION E2   -   Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services

Chair:  Shadi ATALLAH Keynes Seminar Room 2

Ben GROOM; London School of Economics, UK
Discounting disentangled
Discussant: Rintaro Yamaguchi

Rintaro YAMAGUCHI, Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, Japan
Corruption, Institutions, and Sustainable Development: Theory and Evidence from Inclusive Wealth
Discussant: Shadi Atallah

Shadi ATALLAH, University of New Hampshire, USA
A Bioeconomic Model of Ecosystem Services Provision: Coffee Berry Borer and Shade-Grown Coffee in Colombia
Discussant: Ben Groom

15:30 – 17:00 PARALLEL SESSION E3   -   Pests and Invasive Species

Chair: Morag MACPHERSON                                                                                              Saltmarsh Dining Room

Oleg SHEREMET,University of St. Andrews, UK
Public Preferences and Willingness to Pay for Forest Disease Control in the UK
[Please contact author for full paper at]
Discussant: Ciara Dangerfield

Ciara DANGERFIELD, University of Cambridge, UK
The Effects of Variation in Management Objectives on Responses to Forest Diseases under Uncertainty
Discussant: Morag Macpherson

Morag MACPHERSON, University of Stirling, UK
The Effects of Invasive Pests and Diseases on Strategies for Forest Diversification
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Oleg Sheremet

15:30 – 17:00 PARALLEL SESSION E4   -  Experiments and Behaviour V: Games

Chair: Marie FERRÉ                                                                                       Saltmarsh Reception Room

Tobias HALLER, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Provision of Public Goods: Unconditional and Conditional Donations from Outsiders
Discussant: Tanya O'Garra

Tanya O'GARRA, Columbia University, USA
Leading-By-Example and Altruism: Some Insights for Biodiversity Conservation Financing
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Marie Ferré

Marie FERRÉ, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Can Agglomeration Payments Induce Sustainable Management of Peat Soils in Switzerland? - A Computerized Framed Experiment
Discussant: Tobias Haller


18th BIOECON Conference

Announcement and Call for papers

Call for papers[ pdf - 231 Kb]

Programme and papers

Conference Book & List of Participants

Logistical information