Latest NEWFOREX publications added

The following publications are now available at the NEWFOREX publication's section:

Delacote, P., C. Palmer, R.K. Bakkegaard and B.J. Thorsen, 2013: Unveiling information on opportunity costs in REDD: Who obtains the surplus when policy objectives differ? Resource and Energy Economics.

Jacobsen, J.B., S.E. Vedel and B. J. Thorsen, 2013: Assessing costs of multifunctional NATURA 2000 management restrictions in continuous cover beech forest management. Forestry

Campbell, D. S.E. Vedel, B.J. Thorsen and J.B. Jacobsen, 2013: Heterogeneity in the demand for recreational access – distributional aspects. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

 

Further, the latest project's deliverables have been added to the website.

 

NEWFOREX at European Parliament

In colboration with ThinkForest and ForestEurope, NEWFOREX is organising a Seminar on Payments for Environmental Services: a Way Forward for Mediterranean Forests? The Seminar will be organised on 27 November 2012 at16.00-18.30 in the European Parliament, Brussels.

The objectives of the event are to:

(i) discuss the specific economic nature of Mediterranean forests and their goods and services

(ii) present the latest scientific knowledge on payments for environmental services and their practical implementation in the Mediterranean region;

(iii) discuss the potential of PES to address specific problems of Mediterranean forests (e.g. forest fires, deforestation);

(iv) present and discuss the requirements for the establishment of PES in diverse institutional conditions reigning in the Mediterranean region (e.g. public and private forests).

(v) contribute to FOREST EUROPE Work Programme on actions for the valuation of the full range of forest ecocystem services.

More information is available at: link

NEWFOREX stakeholder workshop held in Copenhagen

Growing awareness of the importance of Earth’s ecosystems and the services they are providing for the existence of our societies is putting this topic on the agendas of policy makers, natural resource managers and the wider public. However, this increased attention is also triggering a number of questions related to the preferences of different stakeholder groups, how to handle the trade-offs between conflicting interests, costs and benefits of the provision of ecosystem services, which policy instruments can be developed to foster an optimized provision and use of ecosystem services, etc.

The NEWFOREX project (www.newforex.org) is addressing some of these key topics related to forest ecosystem services. The project’s key objectives are:

  • Improving methods for valuing forest ecosystem services with specific attention given to the question: Who benefits from the provision of these ecosystem services?
  • Methods for assessing the cost of provision of forest externalities, as seen from the forest owner as well as the society’s perspective.
  • Develop and assess market-based methods for enhancing the provision of forest externalities, like payment schemes, certification or (re-)definition of property rights.

NEWFOREX is already entering into the final phase, which means that the project consortium has accomplished major data collection efforts and will in the next period mainly work on analysis and dissemination of the results and main findings. To better target the dissemination efforts in a way that will increase their value for the main stakeholders a workshop was organized. To this event a number of relevant pan-European stakeholders (e.g., forest owners, public agencies, NGO) were invited to present them first results and messages for policy and practice from this project, and to obtain their views on how to bring results forward effectively to relevant end users.

During the workshop participants discussed the following topics:

The workshop concluded with a discussion about the possibilities and pitfalls ecosystem services are offering for the forest sector. In this sense the participants agreed that the diversity of European societies and forests makes it difficult to generalize findings and that customized approaches and solutions are needed when dealing with the provision of ecosystem services. However, this does not imply that new methods and approaches for enhancing the provision of forest ecosystem services should remain a gray zone, but rather that additional efforts are needed from all involved parties to find adequate modes of action. Finally, the meeting participants also agreed that the project should provide a number of short, non-technical communications how to address some of the challenges related to the provision of forest ecosystem services.

COST Action E45 Good Practice Valuation Guidelines available

The COST Action E45 (EUROFOREX) published Good Practice Guidelines for the Non-Market Valuation of Forest Goods and Services.

The guidelines contain good practice protocols for the economic valuation of non-market forest goods and services developed by participants to the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action 45 "European forest externalities (EUROFOREX – COST E45).

 Although there is a considerable body of research in Europe concerning the valuation of forest externalities, the results from these valuation studies are often not comparable due to variations in the application of the valuation methods and the reporting of results.

The aim of the protocols is to facilitate a better and more consistent application and reporting of non-market valuation projects. The guidelines address the application of stated preference methods (contingent valuation and choice experiments), revealed preference methods (hedonic pricing approach and travel cost models) and benefit transfer approaches.

The guidelines are available at the site: link 

Policy Brief on Payments for Environmental Services

Members of the NEWFOREX consortium published a policy brief titeled "Payments for Environmental Services: A Way Forward for Mediterranean Forests?"

The objectives of this policy brief are to outline current knowledge on PES, discuss their potential applicability in the Mediterranean context and identify the challenges that need to be addressed by policy makers, public officials and researchers for their successful implementation.

The Policy Brief in English, French and Greek can be downloaded at the following website: link