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DasguptaDear Friends,
It is a pleasure to circulate the Spring issue of our Newsletter, approximately one month ahead our Annual Conference where I hope to meet you all at the meetings. In this issue, our hosts in the ‘Eternal City’, Laura Castellucci and Alessio D’Amato give us an idea of some of the special features of this year’s conference.
During the Rome Conference I will have the honour to announce the winners of two recognitions awarded by our Association:

18th EAERE Annual Conference arrow2

EAERE/2011As the Conference is approaching, the Local Organizing Committee is working even harder to deliver what we promised when you were invited to join an “unforgettable” Conference in Rome. Our effort has been invigorated by the response in terms of papers’ (and posters’) submission; we received more than 1400 papers! As is usually the case, the good news for the organizers were bad news for the referees, who were burdened by an enormous amount of work to handle and mark all the papers within their deadline. They did it and we were able to communicate acceptance/rejection by April 18th as announced. We are very grateful to all of them for their terrific job.


EAERE Supporters

Valeria Costantini, Wang Haiqin, Eugene Lopatin and Anastasios Xepapadeas are EAERE supporters throughout year 2011. EAERE is most grateful for their support.
EAERE supporters are those who get 2 or more new members to join EAERE.


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Public and private institutions are invited to support the Association to further its aims by joining EAERE as institutional members. Incomes from institutional membership fees are used exclusively and completely to further the aims of the Association.

The Association reserves to institutional members a rich portfolio of benefits and different membership options and prices.

Spread the word and invite other institutions to join us!

NEW benefit for EAERE Members: REEP free trial


EAERE Members are offered a complimentary 2011 on-line subscription to Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP).
Ranked 7th in economics and 2nd in environmental studies, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy aims to fill the gap between traditional academic journals and the general interest press by providing a widely accessible yet scholarly source for the latest thinking on environmental economics and related policy.
We take this opportunity to thank the REEP editorial staff and editor for this kind offer.


Food and Environment: What is Good for you, is Good for the Planet
The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Double Pyramid

Barilla Nutritional centre

Man has long been aware that correct nutrition is essential to health. Development and modernization have made available to an increasing number of people a varied and abundant supply of foods. Without a proper cultural foundation or clear nutritional guidelines that can be applied and easily followed on a daily basis, individuals risk following unbalanced – if not actually incorrect – eating habits. Proof of this is the recent, prolific spread of pathologies caused by overeating and accompanying reduction in physical activity (including obesity, diabetes and card iovascular disease) in all age brackets of the population, including children and young people.

Letter from Regions

Nature, development and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa arrow2

Rashid HassanRashid Hassan, Professor and Director, Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA), University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Natural wealth endowment in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is much higher than levels of other forms of capital such as economic infrastructure (manufactured assets) and human capital compared to the rest of the world. Although natural wealth accounting is weak and detailed information on the types, size and value of natural assets in SSA is lacking, crude indices suggest a huge natural resource base proportional to the region’s per capita land mass, which is 50 percent higher than the world average (Collier et al., 2009). This indicates how critical is prudent management and sustainable exploitation of natural wealth in the region for the economic and social wellbeing of its people. The task is clearly successful conversion of revenue from natural resources’ extraction into other forms of capital, particularly investment in the current poorly developed physical, human, technology and science assets.


EAERE Policy Advisor

KlaassenGer Klaassen ( European Commission, DG Climate Action) has recently been nominated EAERE Policy Advisor.

His efforts will be focused on setting the stage for a more integrated dialogue between academia and policy and to strenghten the association experience in the policy making sector.
Along the lines of our AGM decision, he has a two-year mandate to give advice to the EAERE Council.
We wish Mr. Klaassen a profitable and enjoyable cooperation with the association!

Roadmap for transforming the European Union into a competitive low carbon economy by 2050 arrow2

Ger Klaassen, European Commission, DG Climate Action http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/roadmap/index_en.htm

On 8 March 2011 the European Commission adopted a Roadmap for transforming the European Union into a competitive low carbon economy by 2050. The Roadmap describes a cost-effective pathway to reach the EU's objective of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% of 1990 levels by 2050. A domestic reduction of 80% in 2050 is consistent with a target of limiting global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius.
The roadmap gives direction to sector policies, national and regional low-carbon strategies and long-term investments. The Roadmap is based on global and EU wide economic analysis. That analysis shows that reducing the EU's greenhouse gas emissions by 25% in 2020 and 40% in 2030 would be cost-effective steps towards an 80% reduction in 2050.

Research Funding: European Commission, 7th Framework Programme

Check the FP7 open calls at http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=UserSite.FP7CallsPage&rs

Policy Commentary

It is my great pleasure to introduce a new ad hoc series of 'Policy Commentaries' that will from now on be part of the EAERE Newsletter, written to be accessible to a policy practitioner audience.
This series encourages a closer interaction between the EAERE community and the policy process to be useful and relevant, without compromising the independence and general contrariness for which EAERE’s research is well-known.
Herman Vollebergh has kindly accepted to lead the development of this series, and in his opening piece of this new series he invites you all to provide contributions for future Newsletter issues. Many thanks, Herman, and I look forward to your policy commentaries!
Barbara K. Buchner, EAERE Newsletter Editor


Environmental and Resource Economics and Policy – An Invitation arrow2

Herman VolleberghHerman Vollebergh, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Tilburg Sustainability Centre, CentER Tilburg School of Economics

“These scholars who criticize Ministers for their ignorance of the calculus of variations, and those practical men who criticize those who do understand the calculus of variations for being too academic, are equally victims of misunderstanding about the relationship between ideas and policy” John Kay (1990), “Tax policy: a survey”, The Economic Journal, 100, p.20.
Environmental and resource economists usually follow policy issues with great interest. This is hardly surprising. Environmental and resource issues, like water or air pollution and the limited availability of fossil fuel reserves, almost by definition provide good reasons to consider government intervention. Despite their interest in policy issues, however, the distance between economists and ‘real’ policy makers to date is often wide...

insitutional events



Job Mkt

European Job Market

Job mktThe European Job Market for Environmental and Resource Economists aims to offer the two sides of the market - institutions with open positions and candidates looking for a job - both a virtual and a physical place to meet and look for the best match. Candidates, universities, public and private institutions, and corporations are invited to apply to participate in the Job Market.

EAERE Job Market is a great opportunity for both candidates and institutions, don't miss the opportunity to arrange an interview at the EAERE Annual conference!

Visit the Candidates and the Open Positions pages.


Events, Book, Journals, Educational Programmes, Web Resources

Announcements on events, booksjournalseducational programmes, web resources are available on the Association's website.

EAERE members are encouraged ro post announcements of interest for the field at no charge.
It is sufficient to send an e-mail to eaere@eaere.org containing the information to be posted.
It is a great opportunity to let your news be known by a wide audience!

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National Information Center for Climate Change in Israel
EAERE president Sir. Partha Dasgupta is appointed IHDP Scientific Committee Chair
EAERE President Sir. Partha Dasgupta wins Zayed International Prize for the Environment