week 4

This week's case-study:

Case Study 6 Honduras



Further Reading

List of online repositories and resources:

Production losses:
Bishop, J. and Allen, J., 1989. The on-site cost of soil erosion in Mali. Environment Working Paper No. 21. The World Bank, Washington D.C. http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/1989/11/01/000009265_3960928152005/Rendered/PDF/multi_page.pdf

Alfsen, K.H., De Franco, M.A., Glomsrød, S. and Johnsen, T., 1996. The cost of soil erosion in Nicaragua. Ecological Economics. 16(2): 129-145.      http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0921800995000836

Hedonic pricing:
King, D.A. and Sinden, J.A., 1988. Influence of soil conservation on farm land values. Land Economics. 64(3): 242-255. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3146248

Travel cost method:
Navrud, S. and Mungatana, E.D. Environmental valuation in developing countries: The recreational value of wildlife viewing. Ecological Economics. 11: 135-151      . http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0921800994900248

Contingent Valuation method:
Ngugi, G.W., Newton, L.E. and Muasya, A.M., 2011. The contribution of forest products to dryland household economy: The case of Kiang’ombe hill forest, Kenya. Ethnobotany Research and Applications. 9: 163-180. http://lib-ojs3.lib.sfu.ca:8114/index.php/era/article/view/197/320

Choice experiment:

Do, T.N., 2007. Impacts of dykes on wetland values in Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta: A case study in the Plain of Reeds (PhD Thesis). Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia, Singapore.      http://web.idrc.ca/uploads/user-S/12114357241ThangNamDoRR.pdf

Blamey, J., Rolfe, J., Bennett, J. and Morrison M. 2000. Valuing remnant vegetation in Central Queensland using choice modelling. The Australian Journal of Agriculture and Resource Economics. 44(3): 439-456.

Benefit transfer:
ELD Initiative http://eld-initiative.org/
UK National Ecosystem Assessment http://uknea.unep-wcmc.org/,
TEEB http://www.teebweb.org
EVRI https://www.evri.ca/
EnValue http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/envalueapp/

List of online repositories and resources :

Toolkits for valuation and assessment:

ARIES http://www.ariesonline.org
SESAME http://www.pdx.edu/ecosystem-services/
Earth Economics http://www.esvaluation.org
InVest http://www.naturalcapitalproject.org/
GLUES http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20766; http://geoportal.glues.geo.tu-dresden.de/
INFFER http://www.inffer.com.au/
MIMES http://www.ebmtools.org/mimes.html; http://www.afordablefutures.com/services/mimes
IVM Institute for Environmental Studies http://www.ivm.vu.nl/en/Organisation/departments/spatial-analysis-decision-support/research-themes/Mapping-and-modelling-ecosystem-services/index.asp
PBL group http://www.pbl.nl/en/dossiers/modelsanddata


The economics of land degradation provides you with a set of tools that enable you to value ecosystem services. Hannes Etter, Scientific expert of the ELD initiative, will talk about three preselected evaluation methods. He will elaborate on three case studies in which non-demand-curve approaches,  travel cost, and benefit transfer methods have been used.

Speaker: Hannes Etter, ELD Initiative
Host: Claudia Musekamp, Online Tutor
Date: March 26, 2014
Slides from the Presentation: The Economists Toolbox2

Hannes Etter is responsible for the scientific coordination within the ELD-network, including a broad range of case studies and partners from different institutions. Previous to his life in the ELD-Initiative, Hannes supported the Institute for Environmental and Human Security of the United Nations University, focusing on food security and rural development in West Africa in the WASCAL project.

Hannes Etter holds a Diploma in Geography. Throughout his studies he worked in southern Africa and southeast Asia, with a strong focus on rural development and community land use management and planning.

In Assignment 2 you identified non-marketed ecosystem services. In Assignment 3 you will select a valuation method appropriate to the case chosen. The assignment is due on March 29, 2014.

  • Pls read Chapter 2 UNU-INWEH. Since it is a fairly long chapter, you may want to split up the work and have each team member study one particular method.
  • Choose one suitable method for your case.
  • Write a brief summary about which method you've selected and why. Include the advantages and disadvantages (or obstacles to overcome) to applying it. It is unnecessary to carry out the method, simply report on it.
  • Please use the etherpad that you used in Assignment 2. Place Assignment 3 above Assignment 2.

Total economic value is one of the most common frameworks for environmental valuation. This framework is anthropocentric because it is based on how society values these goods and services. This perspective is based on the use of utility as a measure of preference.
In this course, we are looking at various methods used for calculating the total economic values. There are three types of valuation methods:

  1. Non demand-based methods
  2. Demand-based revealed preference methods
  3. Demand-based stated preference methods.