Event: Valuing nature in times of socio-economic and environmental crisis

This is not an environmental politics group event, but looks very interesting…

A PANEL DISCUSSION ON

“Valuing nature in times of socio-economic and environmental crisis”

The well-being of human societies is contingent on a healthy natural environment and the diverse ecosystem services it provides. In our current economic system these services are regarded as free public goods that threaten the sustainable use of nature. Could economic valuation of ecosystem services help in internalizing the externalities arising from the socio-economic activities? In a fast changing world, how does the complexity of science, politics, economics and environment shape the processes leading to the valuations of nature?

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PANELISTS

NIGEL DUDLEY is Machynlleth (and Bristol) based environmental consultant (http://www.equilibriumresearch.com/). His recent book titled ‘Authenticity in Nature: Making Choices about the Naturalness of Ecosystems’ has been published by Earthscan.

DR. SIMRON JIT SINGH works on theoretical, analytical and empirical aspects of society-nature interactions within the framework of sustainability science and the development discourse. He teaches ecological anthropology, local studies and international development at Austrian universities.

DR MIKE CHRISTIE is Lecturer in Environmental Economics in IBERS. His research has addressed a wide range of topics (incl. agriculture, geo-heritage, recreation, water quality), however, his recent focus has been on the economic valuation of biodiversity, biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation using an ‘ecosystems approach’ to valuation.

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This discussion will be of interest to the researchers in geography, politics, economics, and all others who care for the nature. Each panelist will speak for five minutes followed by Q& A.

DATE: 16 MARCH, 2012                                  TIME: 1.30PM-3.00PM

LOCATION: L-FLOOR COMMON ROOM, LLANDINAM BUILDING, IGES.

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About Hannah Hughes

I am a lecturer in the School of Law and Politics. My research interests stem from my concern with environmental degradation and include: Climate change; knowledge and power; global environmental politics; environmental security
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