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Assessing the role of economic instruments in policy mixes for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services provision (POLICYMIX)

Objective

POLICYMIX aims to contribute to achieving the EUs goals of reversing trends in biodiversity loss beyond 2010 through the use of cost-effective and incentive-compatible economic instruments. POLICYMIX focuses on the role of economic instruments in a mix of operational conservation policy instruments. To this end, POLICYMIX will develop an integrated evaluation framework that considers multiple policy assessment criteria – biodiversity and ecosystem service provision indicators; valuation of their economic benefit and policy implementation costs; social and distributional impacts; and legal and institutional constraints – at different levels of government. This multi-level approach is of paramount importance for effective biodiversity conservation policy given the overlap between ecological systems and systems of governance in practice. In particular, we evaluate the cost-effectiveness and benefits of a range of economic instruments vis-á-vis direct regulation through command-and-control in a variety of European and Latin American case studies. The suite of selected POLICYMIX case studies aims to provide complementary examples of innovative economic instruments such as Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) and ecological fiscal transfers, and assess the possibilities for transfer of policy success stories, providing concrete learning possibilities for policy-makers. POLICYMIX actively uses advisory boards including land-users, local managers and national policy-makers, who collaborate with our researchers in the feasibility assessments of economic instruments. Based on this science-policy dialogue, POLICYMIX will develop a stepwise framework for carrying out policy assessment using available data, multi-criteria spatial targeting tools and tiered policy selection matrices. The POLICYMIX approach to policy design at multiple government levels is highly complementary with on-going EU ecological research on multi-scale conservation prioritization.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biodiversity conservation

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA
Address
Hogskoleringen 9
7034 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 872 145,32
Administrative Contact
David Nicholas Barton (Dr.)

Participants (9)

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 480 579,68
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Annette Schmidt (Ms.)
FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 328 694,80
Address
Campus De Caparica, Quinta Da Torre S/n
2829516 Caparica
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana Luísa Baião (Dr.)
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Participation ended

Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roy Brouwer (Dr.)
International Institute for Environment and Development
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 174 416
Address
Gray's Inn Road 80-86
WC1X 8NH London
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maryanne Grieg-Gran (Ms.)
SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 375 081,50
Address
Latokartanonkaari 11
00790 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jukka Similä (Dr.)
Rede de Desenvolvimento, Ensino e Sociedade
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 309 391,91
Address
Avenida Presidente Vargas 417
20071-030 Rio De Janeiro
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sergio Leite (Dr.)
FUNDACAO DE APOIO A PESQUISA AGRICOLA*FUNDAG FOUNDATION OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SUPPORT
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 239 802,60
Address
Rua Visconde De Taunay 429
13023-200 Campinas
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ademar Romeiro (Dr.)
CENTRO AGRONOMICO TROPICAL DE INVESTIGACION Y ENSENANZA CATIE
Costa Rica
EU contribution
€ 365 099,80
Address
Catie 7170
30501 Turrialba
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Muhammad Ibrahim (Dr.)
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 313 100,62
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Kops (Dr.)