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Ecosystem Services & Natural Capital

1 CLAIMCleaning marine Litter by developing and Applying Innovative Methods (CLAIM) is an EU Horizon 2020 project whose remit is to find new ways of tackling pollution in marine areas, with a specific focus on the Mediterranean and the Baltic Seas. IVM  works on cost effectiveness analysis, legal and policy frameworks, stakeholder acceptance and public preferences, novel business models. 

Contact information: Dr Pieter van Beukering

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2 EsmeraldaThe ESMERALDA project aims to deliver a flexible methodology to provide the building blocks for pan-European and regional assessments of ecosystems and their services. The objective of ESMERALDA is to share experience through an active process of dialogue and knowledge co-creation that will enable participants to achieve the aims of Action 5 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. ESMERALDA receives funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Website: www.esmeralda-project.eu.

Contact information: Dr Pieter van Beukering

3 SRJSThe Shared Resources, Joint Solutions (SRJS) initiative by WWF-NL is a partnership programme intending to build capacity and safeguard ecosystem services in nine global eco-regions. We will identify key ecosystem services of economic importance and gaps in the literature. 

Contact information: Dr Pieter van Beukering

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4 Salmon aquacultureThis study, which applied the Ecosystem Services Review Methodology developed by the Worlds Resources Institute, contributed to the understanding of the impact and dependencies of a large salmon aquaculture company in the South of Chile on the natural and social environment in which it operates. We conducted an Ecosystem Services Review on a major salmon aquaculture company in the South of Chile. 

Contact information: Dr Pieter van Beukering

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5 Supply chain soy, palm oil and cocoaThe main aim of this desk-based study on the ecosystem services that support and affect supply chains of various international agricultural commodities was to determine the economic and environmental costs and benefits across the supply chain of soy, cocoa and palm oil. 

Contact information: Dr Pieter van Beukering

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6 Tana RiverThe main objective of this study is to assess the economic value of the positive and negative externalities of different water-flows regimes, both upstream and downstream in the Tana River basin. Ultimately, this could provide evidence for development planning and water resources allocation, so as to safeguard its hydrological, ecological and socio-economic benefits. 

Contact information: Dr Pieter van Beukering

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7 CombioserveMain aim of the EC FP7 funded COMBIOSERVE project was to identify the conditions and principles of successful community-based conservation in selected locations in Mexico, Brazil and Bolivia, working in partnership with local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and indigenous communities. 

Contact information: Prof. Roy Brouwer

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8 PREMThe Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management (PREM) programme aims to deepen and broaden the exposure of economic researchers and policy advisors in developing countries to the theory and methods of natural resource and environmental economics, and to promote effective policy change in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and promote sustainable environmental management. The PREM website explains how economic researchers from Asia and Africa can participate in this endeavour. http://www.prem-online.org/

Contact information: Dr Pieter van Beukering


9 PolicymixPOLICYMIX aims to contribute to achieving the EU’s 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.  It is a collaborative project between research institutes in Europe and Latin America, under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for RTD.  IVM’s main role in this project is to assess the benefits and costs of using economic instruments for biodiversity. More information can be found on the project website.

Contact information: Prof. Roy Brouwer

10 US coral reefThe National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Programme (CRCP) commissioned this report to produce an aggregate Total Economic Value for US coral reefs from the seven states and territories with coral reefs (American Samoa, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of the North Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands). 

Contact information: Dr Pieter van Beukering

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11 GrasslandsThe main objective of this study was to measure the environmental and socio-economic benefits associated with sustainable community-based grassland management, the ecosystem services this provides to local communities, and the corresponding impact on the vulnerability of rural livelihoods, for instance under climate change. The study involves two case studies in Umgano grassland conservation and poverty reduction project in KwaZulu-Natal Province (South Africa) and rangelands of Gobi desert (Mongolia). 

Contact information: Dr Pieter van Beukering

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12 Virgin IslandsGiven the importance of the coral reefs to the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), and in light of the increasing threats caused by human development potentially reducing the services provided by this ecosystem, there is a need for quantitative information to guide decision making regarding management of coral reefs. 

Contact information: Dr Pieter van Beukering

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13 BonaireHealthy ecosystems such as coral reefs and mangroves are critical to Bonairean society.  This research aims to determine the economic value of the main ecosystem services that are provided by the natural resources of Bonaire and their overall importance to society. The challenge of this project is to deliver sound scientific insights that ill guide decision-making regarding the protection of Bonaire’s ecosystems and the management of the island’s economy. 

Contact information: Dr Pieter van Beukering

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14 Ecoregional Economic DevelopmentEcoregional Economic Development (EED) is a spatial concept aimed at integrating economic development and biodiversity conservation within the boundaries of a defined geographical area. This study aims to show the benefits of an EED approach, thereby hoping to increase national and international support for this approach, creating a basis for a wider use of an EED approach in practice. 

Contact information: Prof. Roy Brouwer

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15 Belgian harboursIn this project, in collaboration with our Belgian partner VITO, we aim at estimating monetary estimates of values for ‘nature compensation’ projects. This information feeds into the Extended Cost-Benefit Projects of infrastructure projects, in which existing nature needs to be compensated at a different location, by creating new nature areas with similar ecological values. Using a Choice Experiment among Belgian households, we assess the non-market benefits of different types of nature, controlling for accessibility, size and distance. We also test for transferability of WTP-values in time and space. The project is commissioned by VITO and next to VITO the project partner is VMF.

Contact information: Prof. Roy Brouwer

16 AmazonThis project shows that investments in forest ecosystem services can form a powerful counter to the current disastrous developments in the Amazon. A new, sustainable approach offers great opportunities to improve the standard of living among the local communities, thus increasing support for forest conservation. 

Contact information: Dr Pieter van Beukering

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Climate change & water management

17 Flood

The aim of the project is to contribute to the design of new flood insurance arrangements that offer sufficient coverage and incentivize flood risk reduction. To do so, this project will advance our scientific understanding of developments in flood risks and related uncertainties, economic evaluation of insurance arrangements, and individual behaviour with respect to flood risks. This research will have implications for other low-probability/high-impact risks.

Contact information: Prof. Wouter Botzen

18 HelixThe Helix project aims to contribute to the design of new flood insurance arrangements that offer sufficient coverage and incentivize flood risk reduction. To do so, this project will advance our scientific understanding of developments in flood risks and related uncertainties, economic evaluation of insurance arrangements, and individual behaviour with respect to flood risks. This research will have implications for other low-probability/high-impact risks. This project has received funding from the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration. 

Website: www.helixclimate.eu.

Contact information: Prof. Wouter Botzen


19 EnhanceENHANCE aims at developing and analysing new ways to enhance society’s resilience to catastrophic natural hazard impacts. For this, the project is developing new multisector partnerships (MSPs) between public and private sectors, with an important role for the financial sector (e.g. insurers). The project is co-funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union. Website: www.enhanceproject.eu

Contact information: Prof. Wouter Botzen


20 Individual behaviour climate change risksClimate change is projected to increase the frequency and severity of natural hazards, which requires adaptation policies. Individuals can take measures that reduce their exposure to, or purchase insurance against, natural hazard risks. This project examined individual decision making under very low-probability, high-impact (uncertain) climate change risks. In particular, empirical evidence will be collected using surveys and experiments in order to explain heterogeneity in flood insurance demand and subjective weighting or neglect of low flood probabilities. Moreover, this study aims to identify cost-effective measures that individuals can take to limit flood-induced consequences, and the factors of influence on decisions to invest in such measures. This research aims to assess whether short- or long-term economic incentives provided by insurance can stimulate investments in risk reduction.

Contact information: Prof. Wouter Botzen

21 WHaTerThe overall objective of the EC FP7 funded WHaTeR project is to contribute to the development of appropriate and innovative water harvesting techniques (WHT) that are sustainable under dynamic global and regional pressures so as to strengthen rainfed agriculture, improve rural livelihood and increase food production and security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project will revisit WHT interventions across the African continent, but focus the analysis on Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Tanzania and South Africa. 

Contact information: Prof. Roy Brouwer

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22 Blue NileDue to unsustainable land management the Blue Nile faces significant soil erosion, causing negative on-site and off-site externalities to different water users. The main objective of this study is to assess the economic value of the positive and negative externalities of sustainable soil conservation and watershed policy and explore the possibilities of introducing payment schemes for watershed services. 

Contact information: Prof. Roy Brouwer

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23 Valuation of env risks clim changeClimate change will impose additional flood risks on flood prone areas in the Netherlands. In order to make these areas climate proof adaptation and mitigation programs need to be developed. Besides the prevention of material damages such programs also prevent immaterial damages and generate a notion of safety. The latter items often lack a market price. This project assesses how the valuation of such immaterial damages can be improved, because risk is an illusive concept to many people. This project aims at improving stated preference methodologies by examining the effect of information and uncertainties on an individual’s risk perception and risk preferences. Project commissioned by BSIK and the project partners are Spatial Economics Department, VU, Wageningen University and ARCADIS. 

Contact information: Prof. Roy Brouwer and Prof. Marjan Hofkes

24 AquamoneyAquaMoney brings together 16 leading European research institutions to develop and test practical guidelines on the assessment of environmental and resource costs and benefits in the European Water Framework Directive (WFD). The guidelines are tested in three different clusters of case studies, focusing on a wide range of water management issues across the EU: water quality, ecological restoration of heavily modified water bodies, and water scarcity. 

Contact information: Prof. Roy Brouwer

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Sustainable energy management

25 Sustainable behaviourAddressing sustainability challenges such as climate change and the energy transition also requires a change in individual behaviours and governance systems. EE researchers study individual pro-environmental behaviour in various contexts such as energy and water use, flood risk prevention, or adoption of more climate-friendly technologies or management practices. 

Contact information: Dr Julia Blash

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26 Economic research EUSince 2005, IVM has been partner (and until 2015 leader) of a consortium providing economic studies for the European Commission, DG Environment, under successive framework contracts. The current framework contract is led by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (www.ieep.eu). Research topics cover a wide range of policy areas. Most of the reports can be found on the website of DG ENV: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/enveco/studies.htm.

Contact information: Drs Frans Oosterhuis

 

27 IS AcademyAlthough energy is widely recognised as a crucial condition for development, 1.6 billion people worldwide have no electricity and 2.6 billion people still depend on traditional biomass as main energy source. This study investigates how the Netherlands can promote the use of renewable energy in developing countries with the goal to improve access to affordable energy, support development and reduce poverty and increase energy security at the national level. 

Contact information: Dr Pieter van Beukering

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28 ACTSThe hydrogen economy has become an accepted term for an energy system innovation that strongly depends on hydrogen as key energy carrier. The core hypothesis of this project is that the future of the hydrogen economy is dependent on a favorable combination of hydrogen technology cost reductions and global fossil fuel price escalations caused by a combination of fossil fuel depletion impacts and climate change policy measures. This hypothesis will be tested using an integrated model of the future European hydrogen economy and the global energy market with explicit representation of resource depletion and carbon price impacts. The project is commissioned by NWO and the project partner is ECN.

Contact information: Prof. Marjan Hofkes