Financing / Valuing
Based on existing restoration projects, practitioners and researchers will present methods to estimate large-scale restoration costs and share best practices to create favorable conditions for investments. They will address topics such as:
- How much do restoration initiatives cost?
- How to value natural capital and the costs of ecosystem degradation?
- Who should pay for those projects?
- How do you take stock of the potential benefits of restoration ?
- How can the public sector be engaged in such activities?
- How to value social, public benefits ?
- How to build investment packages to reduce risk to investors and to deliver multiple goods and services?/ How to create favourable conditions for private sector investment?
- What are the innovative financial mechanisms that can be used in restoration projects? What has worked at a landscape scale?
- Are endowment funds a good option for ensuring the financial sustainability of restoration programs?
Acting Sector Manager, Agriculture and Environmental Services; Senior Biodiversity Specialist,, World Bank
Valerie joined the World Bank as a technical specialist in East Asia and the Pacific, working on rural development projects in Cambodia, China and Lao, and on environmental safeguards. After joining the WB’s global team, Valerie became chair of the biodiversity and wildlife crime communities of practice. As Sector Manager for Environment in the Agriculture and Environmental Services Unit, Valerie manages a cross-sectoral team that covers oceans, sustainable landscapes, climate smart agriculture and environmental economics. Before joining the World Bank, Valerie worked for WWF, Wildlife Conservation Society and the US National Park Service where she managed invasive species programs in Lake Mead, the reservoir to the Hoover Dam. Valerie holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.
Livestock Policy Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Pierre Gerber is Senior Policy Officer on livestock and environment issues at FAO. He possesses over 15 years of experience in analysing global livestock sector trends and interactions with the environment and currently coordinates a programme on sustainable development pathways for the livestock sector. This involves the analysis of technical information generated by life cycle assessment of livestock commodities, combined with socio-economic data and economic modelling. Over the last years, he has been directly involved in the underpinning analyses and writing of major FAO publications, including: “Livestock's long shadow - Environmental issues and options” (2006); “State of Food and Agriculture 2009: Livestock in the balance”, and “Tackling climate change through livestock – a global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities” (2013).
Senior Scholar in Ocean and Coastal Policy Program, Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environment Policy Solutions
Linwood Pendleton is a senior scholar in the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. His work focuses on policies that affect human uses and enjoyment of ocean and coastal resources – both living and non-living. He is the director of the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership, author of many scholarly articles, and coordinates the Marine Secretariat of the international Ecosystem Services Partnership. Pendleton’s current projects include understanding the economic and human impacts of ocean acidification (funded by SESYNC), Mapping Ocean Wealth (with TNC), the economics of coastal blue carbon (Global Environmental Facility), and efforts to better manage the deep sea. Pendleton served as acting chief economist at NOAA from January 2011 through August 2013.
Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics and Regents Professor, University of Minnesota
Stephen Polasky is Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics and Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1986 and a B.A. from Williams College in 1979. He served as Senior Staff Economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers 1998-1999. His research interests focus on issues at the intersection of ecology and economics and include the impacts of land use and land management on the provision and value of ecosystem services and natural capital, biodiversity conservation, sustainability, environmental regulation, renewable energy, and common property resources. He was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in 2010.