July 2021

  • New Publication: Martin Drechsler, Charlotte Gerling, Klaus Keuler, Johannes Leins, Astrid Sturm und Frank Wätzold: A quantitative approach for the design of robust and cost-effective conservation policies under uncertain climate change: The case of grasshopper conservation in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany in Journal of Environmental Management 296 (2021), 113201. (Link)
  • New Publication: Orestis Stavrakidis-Zachou, Astrid Sturm, Konstadia Lika, Frank Wätzold, Nikos Papandroulakis (2021): ClimeGreAq: A software-based DSS for the climate change adaptation of Greek aquaculture. Environmental Modelling and Software 143 (2021) 105121 (Link)
  • 1. Policy Brief of the Ecoclimb project by Charlotte Gerling and Frank Wätzold: Artenschutz in Agrarlandschaften unter Klimawandel –Empfehlungen zur Ausgestaltung von Politikinstrumenten (Species Conservation in agricultural landscapes under climate change - reccomendations for the design of policy instruments) (Link)
  • Presentation by Lutz Hecker “Economic analysis of drivers of wastewater treatment in emerging countries” in Special Session 2 - The 6th IEEE Symposium on Analytics and Risk. 6. July, 2021, Beijing. (Link)

June 2021

  • Presentations at the 26th EAERE (23.-25.06.2021):
    • "Modelling the cost-effective spatio-temporal allocation of conservation measures in agricultural landscapes facing climate change" by Charlotte Gerling
    • "Assessing cost-effectiveness advantages of state-dependent agri-environment schemes" by Lutz P. Hecker
    • "Distributional Impacts of Cost-effective Spatially Homogeneous and Regionalized Agri-Environment Payments. A case study of a Grassland Scheme  in Saxony" by Nonka Markova-Nenova
    • "A quantitative approach for the design of robust and cost-effective conservation policies under uncertain climate change: the case of grasshopper conservation in Schleswig-Holstein" von Frank Wätzold
    • "Impacts of human behaviour in agri-environmental policies: how adequate is homo oeconomicus in the design of market-based conservation instruments?" von Martin Drechsler
  • Project-Workshop: "Ökologisch-ökonomische Sichtweisen auf Politikinstrumente zum Schutz der biologischen Vielfalt in Agrarlandschaften im Klimawandel" (Ecological-economic perspectives on policy instruments for the conservation of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes with climate change) together with the Alfred Töpfer Akademie für Naturschutz within the project Ecoclimb on 15. and  16.6.2021
    • Presentation by Charlotte Gerling: "Ausgestaltung von Politikinstrumenten unter Klimawandel" (Design of policy instruments under climate change)
  • Presentation of results from the EcoClimb project at the Stiftung Naturschutz Schleswig Holstein on 14.6.2021

April 2021

  • Presentations accepted for the 26th EAERE (23.-25.06.2021): "Modelling the cost-effective spatio-temporal allocation of conservation measures in agricultural landscapes facing climate change" by Charlotte Gerling, and "Assessing cost-effectiveness advantages of state-dependent agri-environment schemes" by Lutz P. Hecker
  • Presentation by Oliver Schöttker at the topic of "Economic Perspectives on Land Change" for the lecture course "Land Change Science" at the Department of Geography - Earth System Science at the University Zürich (Switzerland)

March 2021

  • Prof. Wätzold was re-appointed a member of the Scientific Committee for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat für Biodiveristät und Genetische Ressourcen) at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

February 2021

  • Presentation of the DFG projekt TrophCost at the 18th Biodiversity Exploratories assembly.
  • Organization of the Workshop „Insurance against climate risks“ in the topical area „Dealing with climate risks” in the dialogue of climate economics on February 22, 2021 (Link)
  • Working Paper: Charlotte Gerling, Martin Drechsler, Klaus Keuler, Johannes Leins, Kai Radtke, Björn Schulz, Astrid Strum, and Frank Wätzold (2021): Cost-effective conservation in the face of climate change: combining ecological-economic modelling and climate science for the cost-effective spatio-temporal allocation of conservation measures in agricultural landscapes (Link)

January 2021

  • Catrin Spring successfully defendet her dissertation.

Dezember 2020

  • The Chair now has a Twitter-account: https://twitter.com/BTU_EnvEcon
  • Workshop "Insektenverluste durch den Einsatz von Konditionierern bei der Behandlung von Mähgut", 1.12.2020, at the Alfred Toepfer Akademie für Naturschutz, organized by the project Insektgut / Dr. Lutz Philip Hecker.

November 2020

  • Award: Henrique Manhique was awarded for the excellent graduation of his study program "Environmental and Resource Management" at the BTU, by the VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure)

September 2020

  • Working Paper: Charlotte Gerling, Astrid Strum, and Frank Wätzold (2020): The impact of climate change on the profit-maximising timing of grassland use and conservation costs (Link)
  • Publication: Regina Neudert, Lutz Philip Hecker, Henintsoa Randrianarison & Susanne Kobbe (2020): Are smallholders disadvantaged by ‘double sell low, buy high’ dynamics on rural markets in Madagascar? Development Southern Africa. (Link)
  • Oliver Schöttker succesfully defended his Dissertation.
  • BMBF-Projektmeeting: Climate adaptation project IAWAK-EE ("Informationsgestützte antizipative wasserhaushaltsbasierte Anpassung an den Klimawandel Elbe-Elster"), in co-operation with the Research Institute for Post-Mining Landscapes (FIB) has had its kick-off meeting on 10.09 at the IBA study house in Großräschen. (Link)
  • Working Paper:  Zhengzheng Hao, Astrid Sturm, und Frank Wätzold (2020) A novel spatially explicit hydro-economic modelling procedure to design cost-effective agri-environment schemes for mitigating nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural land. (Link)
  • Publication: Charlotte Gerling, Frank Wätzold (2020): An economic evaluation framework for land‐use‐based conservation policy instruments in a changing climate, Conservation Biology (Link)
  • Publication: Mary Nthambi, Nonka Markova-Nenova, Frank Wätzold (2021):Quantifying Loss of Benefits from Poor Governance of Climate Change Adaptation Projects: A Discrete Choice Experiment with Farmers in Kenya, Ecological Economics 171, 106831 (Link)

July 2020

  • Zhengzheng Hao succesfully defended her PhD thesis.
  • Alex Kombat, former PhD student at the chair, was nominated Head of the Research & Policy Unit at Ghana Revenue Authority.
  • BMBF-Project: IAWAK-EE (Information-supported anticipatory waterhousehold-based adaptation to climate change Elbe-Elster, German: Informationsgestützte antizipative wasserhaushaltsbasierte Anpassung an den Klimawandel Elbe-Elster) in cooperation with the Research Institute for Post-Mining Landscapes (FIB) has started.
  • DFG-Project TrophCost (Inclusion of trophic interactions into the optimization of cost-effective agri-evironmental schemes for biodiversity conservation in grasslands, german: "Die Einbeziehung von trophischen Interaktionen in die Optimierung kosteneffektiver Agrarumweltporgramme zum Schutz der Biodiversitöt in Grünländern ") (together with Prof. Klaus Birkhofer) has started.
  • Publication: Bartkowski, B., Beckmann, M., Drechsler, M., Kaim, A., Liebelt, V., Müller, B., Witing, F., Strauch, M., 2020. Aligning agent-based modelling with multi-objective land-use allocation: Identification of policy gaps and feasible pathways to biophysically optimal landscapes. Frontiers in Environmental Science 8, art. 103
  • Publication: Drechsler, M., 2020. Conservation management in the face of climatic uncertainty – the roles of flexibility and robustness. Ecological Complexity 43, art. 100849

June 2020

  • Thematic Session at EAERE 2020: Kati Krähnert (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research), Frank Wätzold and Lutz P. Hecker organized the session "Economics of climate change adaptation from a household perspective in developing countries"
  • Conference: “Climate change and the cost-effective governance mode for biodiversity conservation” von Oliver Schöttker at the EAERE conference 2020 (online) in the session " Four perspectives on biodiversity conservation: climate governance, offsets, bioeconomic approach and stated preferences", 29.6.2020
  • Publication: Hecker, L. P., Wätzold, F., & Markwardt, G. (2020). Spotlight on Spatial Spillovers: An Econometric Analysis of Wastewater Treatment in Mexican Municipalities. Ecological Economics, 175, 106693. (Link)

April 2020

  • Publication: Drechsler, M., Wätzold, F., 2020. Biodiversity conservation in a dynamic world may lead to inefficiencies due to lock-in effects and path dependence, Ecological Economics, 173, 106652 (Link).

March 2020

  • New Working Paper: O. Schöttker and F. Wätzold (2020): Climate change and the cost-effective governance mode for biodiversity conservation (Link)
  • Book publication: Drechsler, M., 2020. Ecological-economic modelling for biodiversity conservation. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 312 pp.
  • Workshop: At 17. and 18.3. the international workshop "Economics of Biodiversity Conservation under Climate Change", planned by the EcoClimb project, took place as a video conferece due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Although schedule changes had the be made on short notice, all invited participants joined and held their presentations online.
    • Presentation: "A coupled climate-ecological-economic model to assess the impact of climate change on cost-effective conservation: the case of the large marsh grasshopper" by Charlotte Gerling
    • Presentation: "Climate change and the cost-effective governance mode for biodiversity conservation" by Oliver Schöttker

November 2019

  • Publication: Christoph Nolte, Alta DeVos & Oliver Schöttker (2019) "Cost‐effectiveness of public policy for the long‐term conservation of private lands: What is the deal?", Conservation Letters, e12691 (Link)

October 2019

  • Publication: Nora Stognief, Paula Walk, Oliver Schöttker, Pao-Yu Oei (2019) "The Economic Resilience of German Lignite Regions in Transition", Sustainability 2019, 11(21), 5991 (Link)
  • Publication: C. Gerling et al. (2019) "Modeling the co-evolution of natural, economic and governance subsystems in integrated agri-ecological systems: Perspectives and challenges", Ecological Complexity 40 (A),100792 (Link)
  • BMBF project approval: „The Economics of Climate Change – theme coordination: ‚Dealing with climate risks‘ (KlimaRisk)“ within the Dialogue on the Economics of Climate Change, the accompanying process to the BMBF funding measure Economics of Climate Change II.

September 2019

  • Newspaper article by Alex Kombat: 'Women's role in tax administration laudable' (Link)

August 2019

  • Working Paper: Gerling, Charlotte and Wätzold, Frank (2019): Evaluating policy instruments for the conservation of biodiversity in a changing climate. (Link)

July 2019

  • DBU project approval: Insektenverluste durch den Einsatz von Konditionierern bei der Behandlung von Mähgut

June 2019

  • Conference presentation by Lutz Philip Hecker: Spotlight on Spatial Environmental Policy Spillovers: An Econometric Analysis of Wastewater Treatment in Mexican Municipalities, EARERE 2019, 26.-29.6, Manchaster, UK.
  • Poster presentation by Charlotte Gerling and Frank Wätzold: "Economics of climate adaptation for biodiversity conservation (Ecoclimb)"  at the kick-off Conference Dialogue on the Economics of Climate Change, at dbb-Forum in Berlin, 13.6.2019

May 2019

  • Project workshop: ClimeFish Workshop "Adapting West of Scotland fisheries to climate change" 21.05.2019, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Publication: Orestis Stavrakidis-Zachou, Nikos Papandroulakis, Astrid Sturm, Panagiotis Anastasiadis, Frank Wätzold, and Konstadia Lika (2019): Towards a computer-based decision support system for aquaculture stakeholders in Greece in the context of climate change, International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics(Link)

April 2019

March 2019

  • Paper accepted for publication: Oliver Schöttker and Maria J. dos Santos: Easement or Public Land? An economic analysis of different ownership modes for nature conservation measures in California, Conservation Letters

January 2019

  • Article publication: Alex Moyem Kombat and Frank Wätzold: The Emergence of Environmental Taxes in Ghana – a Public Choice Analysis, in Environmental Policy and Governance, Volume29, Issue1, January/February 2019, Pages 46-54 (Link).

December 2018

  • Excursion on Dec 7, 2018 to the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) in Berlin as part of the course Economics of Land Use and Biodiversity Conservation of the Department of Environmental Economics.

November 2018

  • Presentation by Frank Wätzold: "Farmers’ preferences for good governance in implementing climate change adaptation measures: A discrete choice experiment in Kenya" at the Sustainability & Development Conference 2018 in Ann Arbor, USA, 09.-11. November 2018 (Link).
  • Presentation by Lutz Philip Hecker: "Spotlight on spatial environmental policy spillovers: An econometric analysis of wastewater treatment in Mexican municipalities" at the Sustainability & Development Conference 2018 in Ann Arbor, USA, 09.-11. November 2018 (Link).
  • Oliver Schöttker has become Member of the Extended Board der Resource Modeling Association (Link).

October 2018

  • Prize: Frank Wätzold was awarded the UFZ-Research award 2018 together with Martin Drechsler and Karin Johst for their team work on the development and application of environmental-ecological modelling at the Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung in Leipzig on October 1, 2018.
  • Article published: Alex Moyem Kombat and Frank Wätzold: The Emergence of Environmental Taxes in Ghana – a Public Choice Analysis, in Environmental Policy and Governance doi.org/10.1002/eet.1829 (Link).

September 2018

  • Presentation by Frank Wätzold: "Ecological-eonomic  modelling  for  multifunctional  landscapes" at Workshop Future Landscapes - Integrated landscapes to promote ecosystem services and sustainable land-uses in agriculture, forestry and natural ecosystems in Southern Africa, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 23-28 September 2018
  • Presentation by Lutz Philip Hecker: "Open  research  questions in Economics  and  governance  of multifunctional  landscapes" at Workshop Future Landscapes - Integrated landscapes to promote ecosystem services and sustainable land-uses in agriculture, forestry and natural ecosystems in Southern Africa, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 23-28 September 2018.
  • Presentation by Charlotte Gerling: "Permanence or Flexibility? A Conceptual Analysis of Policy Instruments  for Biodiversity Protection under Climate Change", on the 19.09.2018 at  the "BfN-Conference Biodiversity and Climate - networking of the actors  in Germany XV" organised by the Federal Agency of Nature Conservation on  the island Vilm.
  • Presentation by Frank Wätzold: "Ecological-economic modelling to assess the impact of organic farming on endangered grassland biodiversity," at The 20th Annual BIOECON Conference “Land-use, Agriculture and Biodiversity: Spatial and Temporal Issues”, 12-14 September 2018, Kings College, Cambridge, UK.
  • New Working Paper: Lutz Philip Hecker, Frank Wätzold and Gunther Markwardt (2018): Spotlight on Spatial Environmental Policy Spillovers: An Econometric Analysis of Wastewater Treatment in Mexican Municipalities, CESifo Working Papers (Link).

August 2018

  • Article accepted: Alex Moyem Kombat and Frank Wätzold: The Emergence of Environmental Taxes in Ghana – a Public Choice Analysis, in Environmental Policy and Governance.
  • Article accepted: Nonka Markova-Nenova and Frank Wätzold: Fair to the cow or fair to the farmer? The preferences of conventional milk buyers for ethical attributes of milk, Land Use Policy (79), 223-239 (Link).
  • Article publication: Regina Neudert, Konstantin Olschofsky, Daniel Kübler, Laura Prill, Michael Köhl, FrankWätzold: Opportunity costs of conserving a dry tropical forest under REDD+: The case of the spiny dry forest in southwestern Madagascar, Forest Policy and Economics (95), 102-114 (Link).

June 2018

  • Conference Presentation by Charlotte Gerling: "The Impact of Organic Farming on Biodiversity in the Context of an Agri-environment Scheme" at the "World Conference of Natural Resource Modeling 2018" on the 11.6.18 in Guangzhou, China.
    Winner of the prize for the "best student presentation".
  • Conference Presentation by Oliver Schöttker: "Does Climate Change Influence the Cost-effective Mode of Governance for Biodiversity Conservation Measures?" at the "World Conference of Natural Resource Modeling 2018" on the 11.6.18 in Guangzhou, China. 

April 2018

  • Presentations of Astrid Sturm Frank Wätzold on ClimeFish-DSS software to the stakeholders at stakeholder workshops of the ClimeFish project in Hungary (23.04.18), Greece (Athens, 18.04.18) and Scotland (Link).
  • Maho Nakagawa from BETA- University of Strasbourg joins our chair team as visiting researcher for the summer term 2018
  • Colloquium-presentation: Mary Nthambi presented on the topic “Which climate change adaptation measures’ governance structures do farmers in developing countries prefer? A discrete choice experiment in Kenya” on 16.4.2018 at the Berlin DCE Colloquium of the Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung gehalten ( Link).

March 2018

  • News article "Artenvielfalt schützen" in journal "EINBLICKE in Forschung und Unileben", Beilage der BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Jahrgang 2, Nr. 6, vom 31.3.18, Seite 6 (Link)
  • Article publication: Jan Eike Krämer and Frank Wätzold: The Agglomeration Bonus in Practice – an Exploratory Assessment of the Swiss Network Bonus, Journal for Nature Conservation (article based on previous master thesis at the Chair of environmental economics) (Link)
  • News article in information platform "Agra Europe" about the working paper of Nonka Markova-Nenova und Frank Wätzold (2017): Fairness to dairy cows or fairness to farmers: What counts more in the preferences of conventional milk buyers for ethical attributes of milk? (Link)
  • Kick-off workshop of BMBF-Verbundproject Ecoclimb (Economics of climate adaptation for biodiversity conservation) on 22./23.3.2108 at Cottbus. Ecoclimb is coordinated by the Chair of environmental economics

February 2018

  • Publication: Johanna F. Goetter (2017): Development, Informal Institutions and Agency Analyzed through the Lens of New Institutional Anthropology: A Modification of Ensminger’s Framework on Institutional Change. Journal of Contextual Economics  (137)(1-2): 69-92
    (Link)

Januar 2018

  • Publication: Astrid Sturm, Martin Drechsler, Karin Johst, Melanie Mewes, Frank Wätzold (2018): DSS-Ecopay – A decision support software for designing ecologically effective and cost-effective agri-environment schemes to conserve endangered grassland biodiversity, Agricultural Systems (161), 113-116 (Link)
  • Prize: Mary Nthambi was awarded the Soroptimist Prize 2017, honouring "[f]emale BTU students with good and very good performance who stand up among students for international communication and intercultural understanding". (Link)
  • Publication: Oliver Schöttker and Frank Wätzold: Buy or lease land? Cost-effective conservation of an oligotrophic lake in a Natura 2000 area, Biodiversity and Conservation (available online)

December 2017

  • New Working Paper:Charlotte Gerling, AstridSturm and Frank Wätzold (2017): The impact of organic farming on endangered birds and butterflies: applying an ecological-economic model. (Link)
  • Articleaccepted for publication:Oliver Schöttker and Frank Wätzold: Buy or lease land? Cost-effective conservation of an oligotrophic lake in a Natura 2000 area, Biodiversity and Conservatio
  • New Working Paper:Nonka Markova-Nenova and Frank Wätzold (2017): Fairness to dairy cows or fairness to farmers: What counts more in the preferences of conventional milk buyers for ethical attributes of milk? (Link)

November 2017

  • Publication: Melanie Mewes, Martin Drechsler, Karin Johst, Astrid Sturm and Frank Wätzold (2017): Für besseren Artenschutz in Agrarlandschaften - Entscheidungshilfe-Software DSS-Ecopay®, Natur und Landschaft (92) 11, 504-510. (Link
  • "1. Ecopay User Workshop" as a part of the AllerGrün project, at 18.Oktober 2017 in Bad Fallingbostel (Germany): Presentation of adaptation and application of the software „DSS Ecopay –AllerGrün“ – a planning and consulting tool for biodiversity and biotope conservation, presented by Astrid Sturm and Lisa Quashammer.

October 2017

  • Lutz Philip Hecker defended successfully his PhD "What does it take to treat municipal wastewater in developing countries? An econometric analysis of Mexican municipalities".
  • Prize: Mary Nthambi won the poster prize for Faculty 2 at the BTU Young Researchers’ Days poster competition with her poster on "Environmental Valuation and Analysis of Climate Change Adaptation Measures in Agriculture: A Case Study of Makueni County, Kenya"

September 2017

  • Conference Presentation: Nonka Markova-Nenova presented on the topic "What Counts More – Fairness to Dairy Cows or Fairness to Farmers? The Preference of Conventional Milk Buyers for Ethical Attributes of Milk" at the 19th ANNUAL BIOECON CONFERENCE in Tilburg (Netherlands). (Link)
  • Presentation by Mary Nthambi on "Economic Valuation Model for Climate Change Adaptation Measures in Developing Countries: A Case study of Makueni County, Kenya" at the "Discrete Choice Experiments for the Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Rural Landscapes" summer school.

August 2017

  • Presentation by Chartlotte Gerling: "Auswirkungen von biologischer Landwirtschaft auf Grünlandbiodiversität im Rahmen eines Agrarumweltprogramms" at the Interdisciplinary Science Meeting on the UN CBD framework (Interdisziplinären Wissenschaftstagung zur Biodiversitätsforschung im Rahmen des UN-Übereinkommens über die biologische Vielfalt (CBD)) at Vilm, 23.08.17
  • New Working Paper available online: O. Schöttker and F. Wätzold (2017): Cost-e ffectiveness of buying land for conservation versus paying land-users for conservation measures - the case of preserving an oligotrophic lake in a Natura 2000 area in North Germany (Link)

July 2017

  • Prof. Wätzold was re-appointed a member of the Scientific Committee for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (Wissenschaftlichen Beirat für Biodiveristät und Genetische Ressourcen) at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
  • New Articleaccepted for publication: J. Goetter (2017): Development, informal institutions and agency analyzed through the lens of New Institutional Anthropology: A modification of Ensminger’s framework on institutional change, Schmollers Jahrbuch - Journal for Contextual Economics
  • Conference Presentation: Oliver Schöttker presented on the topic "Cost-effectiveness of buying vs. borrowing land in a Natura 2000 site in Northern Germany" at the 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2017) in Cartagena (Colombia) (Link, Press Release)

June 2017

  • Conference Presentation: Oliver Schöttker presented on the topic "Cost-effectiveness of buying land for conservation versus paying land-users for conservation measures – the case of preserving an oligotrophic lake in a Natura 2000 area in North Germany" at the 12th Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economists, Budapest (Hungary) (Link)
  • Blog-Article by Nonka Markova-Nenova: "Analyse der Präferenzen von Anbietern und Nachfragern für Zahlungen für Ökosystemdienstleistungen für eine nachhaltige Landnutzung in Madagaskar" (Link)

May 2017

  • TV-Interview: Former PhD student Alex Combat, currently Director of the Tax Policy and Research Unit at Ghana Revenue Authority, was interviewed on Ghanian Joy News TV on one of his PhD topics, the introduction of environmental and plastic waste taxation in Ghana. (Link)
  • Presentation of Lutz Philip Hecker on 4.5.2017: "What does it take to treat municipal wastewater in developing countries - An econometric analysis of Mexican municipalities" at INRA – AgroParisTech, Laboratoire d’Economie Forestière in Nancy, Frankreich

April 2017

  • Conference Presentation: Mary Nthambi presented at the topic "Quasi-Monte Carlo or Gaussian quadrature? Efficient Design Performance for Climate Change Adaptation Measures in Kenya" at the 5th International Choice Modelling Conference, Cape Town (South Africa)
  • Publication: Henintsoa Randrianarison, Jeannot Ramiaramanana and Frank Wätzold (2017): When to Pay? Adjusting the Timing of Payments in PES Design to the Needs of Poor Land-users, Ecological Economics (138), 168-177 (Link)

March 2017

  • Publication: Nonka Markova-Nenova and Frank Wätzold (2017): PES for the poor? Preferences of potential buyers of forest ecosystem services for including distributive goals in the design of payments for conserving the dry spiny forest in Madagascar, Forest Policy and Economics (80), 71-79, available online (Link)

February 2017

  • Bookchapter contribution: Frank Wätzold and Silvia Wissel: German Impact Mitigation Regulation in Hessen, published in OECD (2017): Biodiversity Offsets - Effective Design and Implementation, OECD Publishing, Paris (Link)
  • Publication: Martin Drechsler, Karin Johst and Frank Wätzold (2017): The cost-effective length of contracts for payments to compensate land owners for biodiversity conservation measures, Biological Conservation (207), 72–79 (Link)

January 2017

  • Article accepted: Regina Neudert et al. (2017): Global benefits and local costs – The dilemma of tropical forest conservation: A review of the situation in Madagascar, Environmental Conservation, available online (Link)
  • Article accepted: H. Randrianarison and F. Wätzold: Are buyers of forest ecosystem services willing to consider distributional impacts of payments to local suppliers? Results from a choice experiment in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Environmental Conservation, available online (Link)

Dezember 2016

  • Presentation: Emeline Hily from INRA – AgroParisTech, Laboratoire d’Economie Forestière in Nancy, France, presented her article "Cost-effectiveness of agri-environmental schemes under climate change" in the chairs research colloquium.
  • News: Former PhD student Alex Combat, currently Director of the Tax Policy and Research Unit at Ghana Revenue Authority organized a workshop on tax and gernder issues in Accra, Ghana. (Link)
  • Publication: 'Making sense of research for sustainable land management’ is a book by WOCAT/GLUES providing insights from our SULAMA- and other LAMA-projects, with contributions by Johanna Goetter. (Link)
  • Presentation: Johanna Goetter presented her paper " Informal institutions and development through the lens of New Institutional Anthropology – an illustration from rural Madagascar " at the 3rd Witten Conference on Institutional Change ”Institutions in Development Research: New Buzzword or Real Impact?”, Witten/Herdecke University, December 1-2.2016

November 2016

  • New Employee: Charlotte Gerling started working at the Chair of Environmental Economics at 01.11.2016
  • New Publication:J.F. Goetter & Neudert R. (2016): New rules are not rules: Privatization of pastoral commons and local attempts at curtailment in southwest Madagascar, International Journal of the Commons 10(2):617–641. (Link)
  • Key Note Speech by Lutz-Philip Hecker on "Análisis económico en la administración ambiental" at the conference "Primer Simposio de Administración Ambiental" at the Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Preira, Colombia at 27th October 2016.

September 2016

  • Presentation on the topic "Develop the ClimeFish Decision Support Framework" by Frank Wätzold at the ClimeFish Decision Support Framework Kick Off meeting at 27th September 201 in Vigo, Spain.
  • Presentation: Astrid Sturm presented the decision support software DSS-Ecopay at the "33. Deutscher Naturschutztag" in Magdeburg together with the "Naturschutzstiftung Heidekreis" (Link)
  • Seminar: Mary Nthambi visited the Ferienakademie of the Cusanuswerks at the topic: „Nur heiße Luft? Zum Stand der Klimadebatte“ from 18.-30. September 2016 in Papenburg (Ems).
  • Presentation: Emeline Hily presented her paper "Cost-effectiveness of agri-environmental schemes under climate change" at the 18th BIOECON Conference in Cambridge, written together with Frank Wätzold und Martin Drechsler.
  • New publication: O. Schöttker, K. Johst, M. Drechsler, F. Wätzold: Land for biodiversity conservation – to buy or borrow?, Ecological Economics 129 (2016), pp. 94-103.(Link)

August 2016

  • New publication: Martin Drechsler and Frank Wätzold (2016):Costs of uncoordinated site selection with multiple ecosystem services, Natural Resource Modeling (online). (Link)

July 2016

  • Hao Zhengzheng was awarded with the STIBET Doctortal Scholarship for serving as a Research Assistant at the chair of Environmental Economics.
  • New publication: Martin Drechsler, Henrik G. Smith, Astrid Sturm and Frank Wätzold (2016): Cost-effectiveness of conservation payment schemes for species with different range sizes, Conservation Biology 30 (4), 894-899. (Link)

June 2016

  • Document accepted for publication: O. Schöttker, K. Johst, M. Drechsler, F. Wätzold: Land for biodiversity conservation – to buy or borrow?,  Ecological Economics 129.(Link)
  • New publication: J. Goetter (2016):  The cattle raiders leave us no choice: New transhumance in the Mahafaly Plateau region in Madagascar, Madagascar Conservation & Development 11 (1). (Link)

May 2016

  • Paper of Johanna Goetter and Regina Neudert accepted: New rules are not rules: Privatization of pastoral commons and local attempts at curtailment in southwest Madagascar, International Journal of the Commons
  • Presentation by Johanna Goetter “Cattle, kinship, and ceremonial boasting – Dynamics of funerary gift-giving among the Mahafaly“, 28.5.2016, at the conference „Madagascar Workshop 2016“ (May 27-30), Avignon/France
  • New Publication: Majaura, Marie (2016): Effektivität von Agrarumweltprogrammen zum Schutz der biologischen Vielfalt unter dem Einfluss des Klimawandels. In: Korn, H. & Bockmühl, K. (Hrsg.): "Treffpunkt Biologische Vielfalt XV - Interdisziplinärer Forschungsaustausch im Rahmen des Übereinkommens über die biologische Vielfalt", BfN-Skripten 436, Bonn - Bad Godesberg, S. 23-29. ISBN 978-3-89624-172-6 (Link)
  • New Publication: M. Drechsler, H. Smith, A. Sturm and F. Wätzold (2016): Payments for conservation measures to incentivize connected habitats: cost-effectiveness of agglomeration payments, agglomeration bonuses and spatially homogeneous payments in the presence of two endangered species, Conservation Biology,online. (Link)

April 2016

  • New Research Project:ClimeFish - Co-creating a Decision Support Framework to Ensure Sustainable Fish Production in Europe under Climate Change (press release, project flyer)
  • Kick-Off-Meeting EU-Project ClimeFish in Tromsø, Norway, with Frank Wätzold and Astrid Sturm

March 2016

  • Mary Nthambi was awarded with the STIBET Doctortal Scholarship for serving as a Research Assistant at the chair of Environmental Economics.
  • Presentation by Regina Neudert (et al.) „Surviving in a fragile environment – Livelihood challenges and strategies of households in semi-arid south-western Madagascar“, 8th March 2016 at the conference  „Sustainable Land Management: Challenges & Opportunities Final Conference 2016“, Berlin.
  • Poster presentation by Johanna Goetter (et al.) „Drivers of overuse and degradation of the important fodder tree Euphorbia stenoclada in southwest Madagascar and approaches for mitigation“, 7th March 2016 at the conference „Sustainable Land Management: Challenges & Opportunities Final Conference 2016“, Berlin.

February 2016

  • Presentation by Frank Wätzold and Oliver Schöttker: "Flächenkauf oder Kompensation von Landnutzern für Naturschutzmaßnahmen - Fallstudie Bültsee"(Buying Land or Compensating Landusers for the Provision of Nature Conservation Area - a Case Stuy at the Lake Bülsee) at the Stiftung Naturschutz Schleswig-Holstein, 24.02.2016.
  • Workshop participation: Nonka Markova-Nenova participated at the Workshop „Umwelt‐ und Ressourcenökonomie“ (Environmental- and Resource Economics), 16.-17.02.2016, at Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig. Presentation topic: „Efficiency, Distributional Impacts and Regionalization in AES design. An Analysis of the Grassland Scheme in Saxony, Germany“

January 2016

  • Statement by the Scientific Committee for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (Wissenschaftlichen Beirat für Biodiveristät und Genetische Ressourcen) at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture with the participation of Prof. Wätzold: Perspektiven für das artenreiche Grünland - Alternativen zur Belohnung einer Überschussproduktion bei Milch (Link)

December 2015

  • New Publication: Ganzhorn, J. U., Manjoazy, T., Päplow, O., Randrianavelona, R., Razafimanahaka, J. H., Ronto, W. M., Vogt, E., Wätzold, F. (2015): Comment. Rights to trade for species conservation: exploring the issue of the radiated tortoise in Madagaskar, Environmental Conservation,  Vol 42 (04), 291-293. ( Link)

November 2015

  • New publication: F Wätzold, M. Drechsler, K. Johst, M. Mewes, A. Sturm (2015): A Novel, Spatiotemporally Explicit Ecological-economic Modelling Procedure for the Design of Cost-effective Agri-environment Schemes to Conserve Biodiversity, American Journal of Agricultural Economics (online). (Link)

October 2015

  • Lausitzer Rundschau reports on project of the chair of environmental economics: "Besserer Schutz für Wiesenbrüter" (to the article)
  • New publication: Alex M. Kombat (2015): Economic analysis of petroleum taxes in pollution control in Ghana, Journal of International Real Estate and Construction Studies 3 (2).
  • Guest researcher Emeline Hily from the INRA - L'Institut national de la recherche agronomique (France) is visiting the Chair of Environmental Economics from October 2015 till January 2016.

Sept. 2015

  • Joint statement on the establishment of the German gene library of farm animals (Gründung der Deutschen Genbank landwirtschaftlicher Nutztiere) by the Scientific Committee for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (Wissenschaftlichen Beirat für Biodiveristät und Genetische Ressourcen) at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture with the participation of Prof. Wätzold.
  • PhD Defense: Alex Kombat successfully defended his PhD: Implementation of Environmental Taxation in Ghana.
  • Poster presentation by Johanna Goetter: "Degradation of the succulent fodder tree Euphorbia stenoclada in southwest Madagascar and approaches for improved management", 17th September 2015, at the Conference Tropentag 2015, Berlin
  • Presentation by Alex Kombat: "Implementation of Plastic Excise Tax in Ghana:Cost-effectiveness analysis", 01.10.2015 at the International Conference of Development and Economy 2015, Kalamata, Greece
  • Presentation by Frank Wätzold: "Land for Biodiversity Conservation - to Buy or Borrow?", 14th September 2015, at the 17th Annual BIOECON Conference, Kings College, Cambridge, UK.
  • Paper of Alex Kombat accepted: Economic analysis of petroleum taxes in pollution control in Ghana, Journal of International Real Estate and Construction Studies.
  • Mary Nthambi has been awarded a teaching scholarship within the DAAD STIBET Doctoral Programme for the winter term 2015/16 at the Brandenburg University of Technology.

Aug. 2015

  • New publication: Neudert, R., Goetter, J.F., Andriamparany, J.N., Rakotoarisoa, M. (2015): Income diversification, wealth, education and well-being in rural south-western Madagascar: Results from the Mahafaly region. Development Southern Africa, DOI: 10.1080/0376835X. 2015.1063982 (Link)

July 2015

  • Paper of Alex Kombat accepted: Economic analysis of petroleum taxes in pollution control in Ghana, Journal of International Real Estate and Construction Studies.
  • Mary Nthambi has been awarded a teaching scholarship within the DAAD STIBET Doctoral Programme for the winter term 2015/16 at the Brandenburg University of Technology.
  • Presentation by Frank Wätzold: "The cost-effective length of contracts for payments to compensate land owners for biodiversity conservation measures", 1st July 2015, at the World Conference on Natural Resource Modelling 2015, Bordeaux (France).

June 2015

  • Presentation by Oliver Schöttker: "Land for Biodiversity Conservation - to Buy or Borrow?", 26th June 2015, at the 21st Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Helsinki (Finland).
  • Paper of Mary Nthambi accepted: Determinants of households’ choice of solid waste management Options in Kibera slum, Kenya: Multinomial Choice Model, Journal of International Real Estate and Construction Studies.

May 2015

  • Presentation by Johanna Goetter: "From open access to a regime of mixed common- and private property: Indigenous appropriation and regulation of the fodder tree Euphorbia stenoclada in southwest Madagascar", 29th May 2015, at the 15th Biennial Global Conference International Association for the Study of the Commons, Edmonton (Canada).
  • Organisation of the workshop: "Technologies of sustainable use and multiplication of the crucial fodder tree samata (Euphorbia stenoclada)" by Johanna Goetter and her colleagues of  SULAMA and WWF Toliara, May 11-12, Mahafaly plateau region (Madagascar).
  • Mary Nthambi, PhD student, has been elected as a member of the KAAD education committee (Bildungskommission des Katholischen Akademischen Ausländer-Diensts) for 2015.

Apr. 2015

  • New Publication: Mewes, M., Drechsler M., Johst, K., Sturm, A., Wätzold, F. (2015): A systematic approach for assessing spatially and temporally differentiated opportunity costs of biodiversity conservation measures in grasslands, Agricultural Systems Volume 137, pages 76-88 (Link)
  • Presentation by Frank Wätzold: "Cost-effective biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes" at the PhD course "Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in agriculture and forestry", 20th -24th April, 2015, PhD School Lund University/Stensoffa Research Station, Lund (Sweden).

Mar. 2015

  • Participation of Marie Majaura at the 15. UFZ-Winter school 2015 "Introduction to Ecological Modelling", 05.-15.03.2015, UFZ Leipzig.

Feb. 2015

  • Presentation by Frank Wätzold "Site selection with two ecosystem services" auf dem Workshop "Reconciling social, economic and ecological complexity in agro-ecosystems", 11.02.2015, AgroNaples, Paris.

Jan. 2015

  • New Publication: Johst, K., Drechsler, M., Mewes, M., Sturm, A., Wätzold, F.,(2015): A novel modeling approach to evaluate the ecological effects of timing and location of grassland conservation measures. Biological Conservation Volume 182, 2015, Pages 44-52 (Link)

Dec. 2014

  • New publication: Mewes, M., Sturm, A., Johst, K., Drechsler, M., & Wätzold, F., (2014): Handbuch der Software DSS-Ecopay Version 2.0 zur Bestimmung kosteneffizienter Ausgleichszahlungen für Maßnahmen zum Schutz gefährdeter Arten und Lebensraumtypen im Grünland. UFZ-Bericht 2/2014 Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Leipzig, 176 S. ( UFZ-Bericht 2/2014)
  • Lausitzer Rundschau reports on Sulama project of the chair of environmental economics (Link)
  • Meeting at the DEHSt: On December,12th 2014, the Chair of Environmental Economics visited the German Emissions Authority at the Bundesumweltamt in Berlin to have a discussion on the state of EU ETS and recent developments with the DEHSt expert Frank Gagelmann (Link).
  • New Publication: Van Teeffelen, A.J.A., Opdam, P., Wätzold, F., Hartig, F., Johst, K., Drechsler, M., Vos, C.C., Wissel, S., Quétier F. (2014): Ecological and  economic conditions and associated institutional challenges for conservation banking in dynamic landscapes, Landscape and Urban Planning, 130, 64-72. (Link)

Nov. 2014

  • Paper accepted for publication: Regina Neudert, Johanna Götter, Jessica Andriamparany, Miandrazo Rakotoarisoa (2014): Income diversification, wealth, education and well-being in rural south-western Madagascar: Results from the Mahafaly Region, Development Southern Africa. (Link)
  • Presentation by Johanna Goetter at the annual New Institutional Economics Network Meeting, Berlin, November 14, 2014: Funeral customs in southwest Madagascar from an institutional perspective.

Oct. 2014

  • VDI Berlin-Brandenburg: Marie Majaura wins award for outstanding master's degree.
  • Lutz Philip Hecker replaces Oliver Schöttker as research assistant at the Chair of Environmental Economics from October 2014 to September 2015.

Sept. 2014

  • Conference presentation: Johanna Götter, "Struggling for Regulating the Appropriation of Local Commons: The Case of Fodder-Trees at the Tanalana-People in Southwestern Madagascar", IASC 3rd European Meeting "From generation to generation - the use of commons in a changing society", Umeå (Sweden), 16-19 September 2014.
  • Mary Nthambi from Kenia started her PHD work at the Chair of Environmental Economics.
  • Guest researcher Henintsoa Randrianarison from the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar is visiting the Chair of Environmental Economics from September 2014 till February 2015.
  • New Publication: Kombat, A. M. (2014): Economic Assessment of Environmental Taxes and Standards in Managing the Environmental Problems that Emanate from Oil and Gas Production in Ghana's Jubilee Field, Journal of International Real Estate and Construction Studies, Vol. 3 (1), 33-50. (Link)

Aug. 2014

  • New publication: Wätzold, F., Drechsler, M. (2014) Agglomeration payment, agglomeration bonus or homogeneous payment? Resource and Energy Economics, 37, 85-101. (Link)

Jul. 2014

  • New publication: Ekroos, J., Olsson, O., Rundlöf, M., Wätzold, F., Smith, H. G. (2014): Optimizing agri-environment schemes for biodiversity, ecosystem services or both?, Biological Conservation, 172, 65-71. (Link)

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