Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services

Seminar on Economic Modelling of Forest Ecosystem Services

IGES Holds Seminar on Economic Modelling of Forest Ecosystem Services at Landscape Scale with Dr. Douglas MacMillan, University of Kent


On 4 October, IGES’s NRE Team organised a seminar on scenario and modelling of forest ecosystem services attended by Dr. Douglas MacMillan, Professor of Conservation and Applied Resource Economics at the University of Kent, UK. An esteemed ecological economist, Dr. MacMillan has published extensively on topics ranging from the economics of wildlife conservation, wildlife trade and poaching, human-wildlife conflict to land use change. During the seminar Dr. MacMillan stressed the need for economic thinking and approaches in order to effectively identify areas where investment can generate the highest conservation returns, giving examples of several international case studies where different valuation methods were applied at the landscape scale. Highlighting common constraints of ecosystem services modelling— difficulties in valuing cultural aspects, limited data availability and challenges associated with measuring complex spatial factors among them— he underlined the important role that modelling plays in reconciling the interests of different population groups by way of a participatory and iterative process. Professor Yoshiki Yamagata, Head of the Global Carbon Project’s Tsukuba International Office at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), also joined Dr. MacMillan to present updates on similar research that has been conducted in Japan at the local level. This was followed by a stimulating discussion between the presenters and participants on major factors for consideration in the future use of economic modelling at the landscape scale, including:

  • Need for more focus on the impacts to human well-being resulting from biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation;
  • Importance of engaging with different groups of people to better capture the real value placed on ecosystem services, and building capacity for improved collective choices; and
  • Evaluating the long-term future of local ecological systems, especially where growing numbers of people are migrating into urban areas and where landscapes are degraded and abandoned.
Date 4 October 2017 15:00-17:00
Venue IGES Tokyo Sustainability Forum
(Shinbashi SY Bldg. 4F, 1-14-2, Nishi-shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0003, Japan)
Organizer Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Collaborator University of Kent National Institute for Environmental Studies
Supporter Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Language English
Participants 30
Presentation Material
Economic Modelling of Forest Ecosystem Services at Landscape Scale
Dr. Douglas C. Macmillan
(Professor of Conservation and Applied Resource Economics)
PDF(1.2MB)

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