2022 NAREA Post-Conference Workshop

June 14-15, 2022

  

Ecosystem Services Foundations for Resilient Communities:
Agriculture, Land Use, Coasts and Energy for Human Well-Being

Workshop coordinators: Stephen Swallow, Charles Towe, and Sandro Steinbach, University of Connecticut
 

WORKSHOP THEME AND BACKGROUND

Ecosystem services – the benefits that nature provides in support of human well-being – are impacted by decisions made in markets and in government deliberation and action. Unfortunately, the value of ecosystem services is often left outside the consideration of market (commercial economy) participants and is, often, incompletely considered in government decisions, particularly at the state and local levels. The non-excludable character of some ecosystem services (as public goods) or the failure of social institutions to internalize their values challenges society to avoid untended degradation of ecosystems affecting the quality of life of individuals and families, from rich to poor, or across diverse backgrounds.

 

Losses of valuable ecosystem services have likely been increasing in recent decades as, nationally and globally, we witness an increasing frequency of severe storms, fire, and flooding. Decision makers seek to change policies and land use practices in agriculture, forest management and community development, with the intention to provide a sustainable, resilient foundation for current residents and future generations. These changes can have profound impacts on the quality of rural, coastal, or riverine communities, as well as on urban centers. Decisions made in the near term can establish resilience and protect vulnerable human-built infrastructure, while also impacting, positively or negatively, the extra-market ecosystem services critical to attracting, retaining, and sustaining residents, and natural resource-based tourist business and managed agroecosystems. NAREA’s 18th Annual Workshop intends to identify the frontier and stimulate the creation of new knowledge essential to assisting society.  New knowledge can help society to avoid undesirable, unacceptable, or unintended consequences, and to create or seize opportunities to sustain valuable ecosystem services in balance with the benefits of sustaining human-built assets and desirable marketable products.

 

This Workshop will bring together high-level scholarship directed at multiple dimensions of these challenges, often involving interdisciplinary elements of economic relevance.

 

SUBMISSIONS

We seek creative, scholarly analysis and contributions for NAREA’s 2022 Annual Workshop (postponed from 2020). Senior, early-career, and creative scholars are sought, and student attendance is also encouraged. We seek diverse perspectives and we encourage submissions from individuals in early-career stages and from women, minorities, or individuals of underprivileged or underrepresented backgrounds within agricultural, resource, or environmental economics and related fields, including interdisciplinary work with economics content, broadly defined. To incentivize high-quality contributions, we offer an honorarium for selected speakers. Students from HCBUs, Land-Grant (1862, 1890, or 1994) institutions, or with interdisciplinary backgrounds, are encouraged both to contribute to and attend the workshop and apply for a limited pool of travel assistance funds.

 

We encourage contributions on a wide range of topics, including – but certainly not limited to:

  • insights of sustainability science for valuing and assessing strategic choice in rural community resilience;
  • ecosystem service valuation in the context of multiple policy impacts, such as biodiversity, water quality, landscape aesthetics as well as protection of built infrastructure and provision of energy for human use;
  • the role and value of ecosystem services across a diversity of human subpopulations, including ethnic or income groups, subsistence or recreational roles affecting quality of life;
  • resilience modeling and valuation for community and regional decision-making;
  • innovation beyond benefit-transfer for assessing ecosystem service net values;
  • natural resource based tourism or recreation in coastal and agrarian rural landscapes;
  • ecosystem services as inter-community vectors of value or impact, such as through trans-community water quality or biodiversity impacts.

 

Interdisciplinary papers with an economics component also will be considered. Contributions are also welcome offering perspectives on: land use change created by or stimulated by resilience planning, such as for flood risk and mitigation strategies; alternative, renewable, wind or solar energy development; managing conflict between sustaining valuable ecosystem structure and function while improving resilience of, for example, energy delivery; implementation of best management practices for agriculture in consideration of the quality (and safety) of surface waters; sustainability, competitiveness, and resilience of rural and coastal tourism based on natural resource assets including biodiversity, land and forest aesthetics, or water resources.

 

Honoraria for speakers will be provided, payable upon initial submission of a paper to the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (ARER) special issue on Ecosystem Services Foundations for Resilient Communities (working title).  ARER will apply the normal editorial decision criteria.  Honoraria for selected papers will be $1,500; additional travel support for speakers may also be provided.

 

While conference papers will be due May 23, 2022, the version submitted to ARER will be due July 31, 2022.  For consideration, authors should submit an extended abstract (1500 words excluding references cited or graphics or tables) through NAREA’s abstract submission portal which will be available from mid-December 2021 through mid-February 2022.

 

Please email questions to the Workshop coordinators at NAREA-Workshop-2022@uconn.edu

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