Light lunch available at 12:30 p.m.
For more than 60 years, experts at Resources for the Future (RFF) and elsewhere have sought to understand people’s preferences and willingness to pay for environmental public goods in order to improve environmental regulations. This information is also a strong influence on economic growth, and is essential for the future well-being and security of human and natural systems.
One of the newest methods for understanding preferences and environmental valuation is neuroeconomics—the study of how the brain makes economic-related decisions. Experts at this seminar, hosted by RFF with New York University’s Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making, will examine new findings from the institute that bring neuroscience to bear on what was once largely an economics question: How do people value environmental goods? Panelists will discuss how these findings compare with traditional contingent valuation (one of the longest-standing, conventional approaches to environmental valuation) and the implications for public policy.
A Seminar co-hosted by Resources for the Future (RFF) and Duke University
Light lunch available at 12:15 p.m.
Oil and gas development has increased substantially in the United States over the past decade, largely due to production from low-porosity rock formations subjected to hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. This rapid growth has created a variety of opportunities and challenges for local governments across the country.
Experts at this seminar will explore the key issues facing local governments in this new era. RFF’s Alan Krupnick will describe RFF’s Community Impacts Initiative. Richard Newell and Daniel Raimi from Duke University will present the results of their Shale Public Finance project, which examines the fiscal impacts of oil and gas development on local governments in every major producing region of the United States. The seminar will also feature comments by Aliza Wasserman of the National Governors Association and further discussion with the presenters and the audience on key findings and implications.
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Light lunch available at 12:30 p.m.
Recent commitments by major retailers to carry seafood certified as sustainably harvested represent a tremendous opportunity to raise awareness and instill a marine stewardship ethic in the consciousness—and buying habits—of a larger consumer audience. Yet increased demand for certified seafood creates a potential tradeoff between increasing supply and safeguarding against unintended consequences for fishermen, fishing communities, and marine ecosystems. In existing and proposed seafood certification programs, there is some variability in the incorporation of environmental goals versus those related to social outcomes, such as subsistence fishing and food security, community engagement in and reliance on fishing, and labor practices.
Furthermore, as certification programs cover more of the world’s fisheries, are there other factors that should be considered? Specifically, the potential exists for “leakage” of impacts beyond targeted fisheries. This could occur if reducing the catch in one fishery results in increased fishing and potential negative social impacts in others.
At this RFF First Wednesday Seminar, co-hosted with the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute, national and international policymakers, leaders from nongovernmental organizations, representatives from certification programs and fisheries, and natural and social scientists will examine the future of certification program outcomes. Panelists will discuss the extent to which environmental and social impacts are considered in current and proposed certification programs, as well as highlight the implications of greater certification coverage in the context of increased demand for certified seafood.