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Current projects:

(2016) Estimating the economic value of snow-making in Östersund. Östersund, a "winter city" in Northern Sweden, has hosted a number of World Cup events in cross-country skiing and biathlon. Climate change has delayed the start of winter in recent years, prompting the city to spend large sums on snow-making. To better understand the economic benefits associated with extending the cross-country ski season, EnviroEconomics Sweden is conducting a socioeconomic analysis of the city's investment. The project is in partnership with Enetjärn Natur. Read more (in Swedish) on Peak Innovation's website. Results to be presented at Peak Days (May) and final report expected in June.

(2015-2016) Estimating the value of beach recreation in Southern Sweden. A local municipality in Southern Sweden is facing large costs associated with beach nourishment (strandfodring) to maintain wide sandy beaches. EES is helping to monetize the economic benefits associated with recreation and then comparing these values to the financial costs of gathering and spreading sand. The project is in partnership with SWECO consulting and Enertjärn Natur. Final report (in Swedish) available here. (March 2016)

(2013-2016) Improving management of seagrass on Sweden’s West Coast. For local and federal governments, EES is developing a guidance document to assist managers in implementing compensatory restoration of seagrass in the marine environment. The project will result in a handbook for regulators in Spring 2016. It has already resulted in a peer-reviewed article here.

 

Past projects:

(2015) Designing compensatory schemes in Nordic Countries. Governments, along with the voluntary action of private companies, are increasingly turning to environmental compensation as a policy tool. The goal is to repair environmental resources as compensation for losses arising from pollution, spills, road development, etc. EES helped the Nordic Council of Ministers develp a common framework for compensatory offsets in the Nordic countries. The project involved a partnership with Enertjärn Natur and other European experts. Read the final report in English here.

(2014) Applying market-based approaches to environmental protection in Vietnam. For SIDA, EES is assisted in the design of a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) project aimed at improving the management of coastal wetlands and mangrove forests in Vietnam. Read more about the final project report here.

(2012-2014) Improving decision-making in the Arctic. For Sweden’s Mistra, EES participated in a social science research project called Arctic Games, which combined economics and game theory to assist decision-makers in the rapidly changing Arctic environment. Read more about the project here. Read the two peer-reviewed publications that arose from the project here and here.

(April 2014) Expert speaker for damage assessment workshop in China. To assist the Chinese government in evaluating and compensating for environmental injuries, Scott was invited as an EU and US expert on damage assessment. The two workshop provided hands-on training for Chinese agencies charged with implementing the new and far-reaching 2014 environmental protection law. Read about the workshop results here.

(Jan 2013) Assessed social costs associated with mosquitos. For a regional government in Sweden, EES and Enveco Ltd. analyzed the social welfare costs when local residents are unable to leave their house, recreate or otherwise enjoy the river environment due to extreme swarms of mosquitoes. Read the full Swedish report here (includes English summary)

(Dec 2012) Assessed policies to prevent oil spills. For the BalticSTERN research project, EES co-authored a report that analyzed policy approaches for addressing oil spill risk in the Baltic Sea and discussed the economic values at stake. Read the full report here.

(Nov 2012) Developed methods for assessing the social cost of oil spills. For the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, EES developed a methodology to value the social costs of future oil spills in the marine environment. The work contributed to Sweden’s requirements under the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive to assess the “cost of degradation.” (Report available in March 2013)

(Nov 2012) Summarized the socioeconomic importance of the marine environment. For the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, EES summarized the results of an Ecosystem Services Approach for assessing the socioeconomic costs of continued degradation of the marine environment. The report provided policy makers with a policy relevant summary of several analyses prepared for the Swedish government to support their Initial Assessment under the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Full report here

(June 2012) Recommended the development of markets for ecosystem services. For the Swedish think-tank FORES, EES co-authored a study that highlights the possibility of using economic markets as a policy tool to improve the supply of ecosystem services, i.e., the services nature provides society such as clean air and water, recreation, pollination of crops, the provision of food, fiber, fuel etc. Read the English report here (Includes summary in Swedish).

(May 2012) Assessed the shared values at stake in cleaning up the Baltic Sea. Most economists assert that people hold individual values for non-market environmental resources like clean water, recreational opportunities, and species habitat. An alternative approach is to assume society holds a shared or collective value for these resources. EES conducted research to test for such values among Stockholm residents for the BalticSTERN project. Read the full report here).

(2009-2012) Contributed to Handbook for environmental cost-benefit analysis. For the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, EES assisted in the development of a cost-benefit analysis handbook for economists at the Agency. EES authored an Appendix on the relationship between Equivalency Analysis and Cost Benefit Analysis, and a case study explaining the policy relevance of Equivalency Analysis. (Report available in March 2013).

(2008-2010) Economic benefits of improving flow in regulated rivers. For a consortium of electric utilities, EES assisted in a cost-benefit analysis of environmental improvements to hydropower regulated rivers in Sweden. Read more in English or Swedish

(2006-2008) Co-authored toolkit for scaling environmental compensation in the EU. For the European Union, EES contributed to the REMEDE Toolkit and related Appendices, which were developed to assist European Member States in measuring resource-based compensation under various European Directives (2006 - 2008). Read more

 
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