9th International BIOECON Conference on
"Economics and Institutions for Biodiversity Conservation"

Kings College Cambridge , 19-21 September 2007


Book of abstracts



7:45-8:45 Breakfast

8:15-9:00 Late Registration at Conference Office

9:00-10:00 Keynote address
Moderator: Prof. Tom Dedeurwaerdere
Room: Keynes Room

Prof. Dan Bromley
Institutional Innovation Under Three Bio-Economic Regimes

10:00-11:30 Parallel Sessions

Session 1
History & Geography

Moderator: Tim Swanson
Room: Keynes Room

Biodiversity and Geography
Michael Rauscher
Discussant: Nick Hanley

What Drives Long-Term Biodiversity Change? New Insights from Combining Economics, Paleo-ecology and Environmental History
Nick Hanley
Discussant: Michael Rauscher

Session 2

Moderator: Andreas Kontoleon
Room: Beves Room

The Role of Use and Non-use Values in Environmental Valuation: Do they matter in Scope Tests?
Elena Ojea
Discussant: Jan Melichar

Economic Valuation of Forest Quality Change in the Jizerske hory Mountains: the Evidence from Contingent Behavior Study
Jan Melichar
Discussant: Elena Ojea

Session 3

Moderator: Per Stromberg
Room: Saltmarsh Room

Knowledge Matters: Institutional Frameworks to Govern the Provision of Global Public Goods
Eric Brousseau
Discussant: Julia Jones

Taboos, social norms and conservation in the eastern rainforests of Madagascar
Julia Jones
Discussant: Eric Brousseau

11:30-11:45 Coffee and refreshments

11:45-12:30 Parallel Sessions

Session 4

Moderator: Paula Horne
Room: Keynes Room

On the Economics of Ecological Nuisance
Anders Skonhoft
Discussant: Paula Horne

Session 5

Moderator: Timo Goeschl
Room: Beves Room

The Resource Curse Revisited and Revised: A Tale of Paradoxes and Red Herrings
Erwin Bulte
Discussant: Timo Goeschl

Session 6

Moderator: Leslie Lipper
Room: Saltmarsh Room

Seeing REDD: The Opportunities for a Carbon Sequestration and Biodiversity Conservation Double-Dividend through Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)
Louise A. Gallagher / Annah L. Peterson
Discussant: Leslie Lipper

12:30-14:00 Lunch & Coffee (Kings Great Hall)

14:00-15:30 Parallel Sessions

Session 7

Moderator: Charles Figuières
Room: Keynes Room

Do Binding Agreements Solve the Social Dilemma? An Experiment on Agreement Formation
Sylvie Thoron
Discussant: Daan van Soest

Biodiversity Conservation, Symmetric Information and the Role of Fixed Costs
Daan van Soest
Discussant: Sylvie Thoron

Session 8

Moderator: Robert Lifran
Room: Beves Room

Risk Management in a Semi-Arid Rangeland System - The Role of Rain-Index Insurances
Birgit Mueller
Discussant: Ute Rietdorf

Biodiversity Protection and Economic Development in Kakamega District, Kenya: The Challenge to Social Capital
Ute Rietdorf
Discussant: Birgit Mueller

Session 9

Moderator: Nick Hanley
Room: Saltmarsh Hall

Benefits of Biodiversity Enrichment due to Forest Conversion: Evidence from two Choice Experiments in Germany
Jürgen Meyerhoff
Discussant: Andrea Ghermandi

Exploring Diversity: a Meta-Analysis of Wetland Conservation and Creation Andrea Ghermandi
Discussant: Jürgen Meyerhoff

15:30-15:45 Coffee and refreshments

15:45-17:15 Parallel Sessions

Session 10

Moderator: Anders Skonhoft
Room: Keynes Room

Grandma or the Wolf? A Real Options Framework for Managing Human-Wildlife Conflicts.
Baishali Bakshi
Discussant: Duncan Knowler

Assessing the Prospects for Community Based Wildlife Management: Are Social Capital and Leadership Influences Conflated?
Duncan Knowler
Discussant: Baishali Bakshi

Session 11

Moderator: Ben Groom
Room: Beves Room

Is the Value of Bioprospecting Contracts Too Low?
Anil Markandya
Discussant: Ayumi Onuma

On the Distribution of Benefits Arising From Bioprospecting Between the North and the South
Ayumi Onuma
Discussant: Anyl Markandya

Session 12

Moderator: Daan Van Soest
Room: Saltmarsh Room

Auctioning Plant Biodiversity - A Promising New Instrument Within the European Agri-Environmental Policy? Evidence from a Case Study
Markus Groth
Discussant: Per Stromberg

Conservation in Ex-Situ Collections: Industry and Social Planner Preferences, the Case of Microbes
Per Stromberg
Discussant: Markus Groth

17:15-17:30 Coffee and refreshments

17:30-18:30 Policy Round Table
Payment for Ecosystem Services
Moderator: Erwin Bulte
Room: Keynes Room


18:30-20:00 Free programme

18:30-19:00 BioEcon Partners Meeting

20:00-22:00 Conference Banquet (Kings College Great Hall)



7:45-8:45 Breakfast

8:15-9:00 Late Registration at Conference Office

9:00-10:00 Keynote address
Moderator: Prof. Gardner Brown
Room: Keynes Room

Prof. V. Kerry Smith
Reconsidering "Conservation Reconsidered"

10:00-11:30 Parallel Sessions

Session 13
Conservation Policy

Moderator: Anders Skonhoft
Room: Keynes Room

On The Welfare Aspects of Species Conservation Policy: A Stochastic Dominance Approach
Greg Hunter
Discussant: Sandra Rousseau

Enforcement Aspects of Conservation Policies: Compensation Payments Versus Reserves
Sandra Rousseau
Discussant: Greg Hunter

Session 14
Moderator: Charles Figuières
Room: Keynes Room

Targeting Incentives to Reduce Habitat Fragmentation
JunJie Wu
Discussant: Jonah Busch

A Game Theory Analysis of Transboundary Protected Areas as a Conservation Tool
Jonah Busch
Discussant: JunJie Wu

Session 15

Moderator: Paula Horne
Room: Saltmarsh Room

Time Inconsistent Preferences and the Option Value of Old Growth Forest
Luca Di Corato
Discussant: Julia Touza

Habitat Diversity and Forest Harvesting Strategies
Julia Touza
Discussant: Luca Di Corato

11:30-11:45 Coffee and refreshments

11:45-12:30 Parallel Sessions

Session 16

Moderator: Bill Watts
Room: Keynes Room

Markets for Ecosystem Services
Anantha Duraiappah
Discussant: Bill Watts

Session 17
Genetic Resources and IPR

Moderator: Erwin Bulte
Room: Beves Room

The Economics of IPR for Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge
Mare Sarr
Discussant: Erwin Bulte

Session 18
Valuing Biodiversity

Moderator: Timo Goeschl
Room: Saltmarsh Room

Challenges in Valuing Biodiversity: An Exploration Using the Blackfly-Livestock System of the Upper Great Fish River, South Africa.
Duncan Knowler
Discussant: Timo Goeschl

12:30-14:00 Lunch & Coffee (Kings Great Hall)

14:00-15:30 Parallel Sessions

Session 19

Moderator: Louise A. Gallagher
Room: Beves Room

Assessing Exposure of Financial Institutions to Biodiversity Business Risks and Identifying Options for Business Opportunities
Ivo Mulder
Discussant: Alice Ruhweza

Institutions for Payments for Environmental Services: Challenges and Opportunities in Uganda
Alice Ruhweza
Discussant: Ivo Mulder

Session 20

Moderator: Tom Dedeurwaerdere
Room: Beves Room

A Bioeconomic Model of Non-Renewable Habitat-Fisheries Linkages
Viktoria Kahui
Discussant: Brooks A. Kaiser

Spatial Economic Analysis of Early Detection and Rapid Response Strategies for an Invasive Species
Brooks A. Kaiser
Discussant: Viktoria Kahui

Session 21
Social Capital

Moderator: Leslie Lipper
Room: Saltmarsh Hall

Sowing the Seeds of Social Relations: the Role of Social Capital in Crop Diversity
Paul Winters
Discussant: Romina Rodela

Social Capital in the Establishment of a Protected Area: a Case Study of the Goricko Park
Romina Rodela
Discussant: Paul Winters

15:30-15:45 Coffee and refreshments

15:45-17:15 Parallel Sessions

Session 22

Moderator: Andrea Ghermandi
Room: Keynes Room

Production Risk, Food Security and Crop Biodiversity: Evidence from Barley Production in the Tigray Region, Ethiopia
Salvatore Di Falco
Discussant: Eric Rayn Villalba

Farmer preferences for Milpa diversity and genetically modified maize in Mexico: A latent class approach.
Eric Rayn Villalba
Discussant: Salvatore Di Falco

Session 23

Moderator: Gardner Brown
Room: Beves Room

An Empirical Estimation of the Opportunity Cost of Time for Visitors to Gros Morne National Park
Roberto Martinez-Espineira
Discussant: Herath Vidyaratne

Modeling of Income Effects on Biodiversity for Proper Global Policies
Herath Vidyaratne
Discussant: Roberto Martinez-Espineira

Session 24
Information and Genetic Resources

Moderator: Tom Dedeurwaerdere
Room: Saltmarsh Room

Legal and Practical Issues of the Emerging Principle of Free Prior Informed Consent for Protected Area Management
Sheelagh O'Reilly
Discussant: Enrico Bertacchini

Biotechnologies, Seeds & Semicommons
Enrico Bertacchini
Discussant: Sheelagh O'Reilly