Calling nature to account


JNCC stages environmental economics workshops 
The environmental economics workshops enabled JNCC staff to prioritise future work in this area © JNCCThe JNCC vision and strategy places the organisation’s work firmly within the context of sustainable development. As a consequence, JNCC is now increasingly involved with social and economic aspects of nature conservation. Economics can add substantial value to JNCC’s work. It can help us to understand and alter the human behaviour that causes unsustainable biodiversity loss. It can also help to advocate and plan conservation projects effectively. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment demonstrated the important links between ecosystems and human wellbeing. Since its publication in 2005, there has been increased interest in using environmental economics for biodiversity policy in the UK Government and worldwide.
Emily McKenzie began work as the Environmental Economics Advisor at JNCC in January 2006. Her principle task is to enable economics to be incorporated into JNCC’s work and policy advice. A first step was running two capacity-building environmental economics workshops for JNCC staff. 
The first workshop was for directors, project managers and programme leaders, with a second for policy advice staff. They were devised to develop a sympathetic understanding of environmental economics, build skills in the organisation and prioritise future work in this area. Presentations covered topics such as economic valuation, cost-benefit analysis, national income accounting, market failure and economic instruments.  Case studies were included to demonstrate how economic tools have been used to support nature conservation elsewhere. There were participative sessions to discuss the implications for JNCC’s work across a range of areas.
For information on biodiversity economics.
Emily McKenzie
Environmental Economics Adviser
Tel: +44 (0) 1733 866918