I ask because I am the lone economist (as far as I can tell from the draft participant list) that has been invited to participate in a workshop at University of Cambridge to identify the 100 key global questions in ecosystem/biodiversity conservation. The list will be published in Conservation Biology and may influence global research on conservation issues. Thus I’d like to make sure that key economic questions are on that list.My question: "How do property rights and/or institutions directly affect primary resources (wood, water, fish) and indirectly affect biodiversity?"
I have been charged with soliciting feedback from economists familiar with biodiversity issues, and I have contacted about three dozen economists so far, but I realized that almost all of them are academics in high-income nations. I don't have broad connections to economists working in low and middle-income nations, but think their feedback would be valuable.
If you or their question(s), or a variant thereof are used, your name and organization will be cited in the supplementary material as the source for the question. Not exactly a citation, but at least some recognition. The deadline for submissions is July 1.
I recognize this is short notice. There is no need to put a lot of time into crafting a well phrased question. One question is fine, but people are welcomed to send me more.
Thanks in advance.
p.s., examples, precise and imprecise, of some questions posed related to economics:
- Under what conditions does poverty reduction reduce deforestation and other anthropogenic ecosystem pressures?
- Is the net effect of urbanization positive or negative for ecosystem conservation?
- Is widespread global economic growth incompatible with maintenance or expansion of ecosystems with full complements of native species and ecosystem functions?
- How much nature is enough?
Leave your ideas here.