The role of economic instruments in policy mixes for biodiversity conservation

2010-2014

POLICYMIX aims to contribute to the EU's goals of reversing trends in biodiversity loss beyond 2010 through the use of cost-effective and incentive-compatible economic instruments. POLICYMIX focuses on the role of economic instruments in a mix of operational conservation policy instruments.

POLICYMIX aims to contribute to the EU's goals of reversing trends in biodiversity loss beyond 2010 through the use of cost-effective and incentive-compatible economic instruments. POLICYMIX focuses on the role of economic instruments in a mix of operational conservation policy instruments.

Traditionally, assessments of economic instruments have tested a single instrument at a time. Earlier research recognised the interaction between instruments. But to date there has been limited progress in assessing instrument impacts as a function of the policy mix, particularly in a case study setting.

A number of research challenges include:-

(i) integrating multiple policy impact criteria;
(ii) building a framework that matches impact assessment at various geographical and temporal scales, and policy design at various levels of governance and government;
(iii) assessing policy in the context of global change and uncertainty; and
(iv) involving relevant stakeholders at different governmental levels in collaborative policy assessment.

POLICYMIX aims to contribute to the EU's goal of reversing trends in biodiversity loss
beyond 2010 through the use of cost-effective and incentive-compatible economic instruments.

POLICYMIX aims to support current and emerging EU environmental legislation and policies. Improved effectiveness of different policy instruments is expected through better understanding of:-

(i) the linkages and associations between current policy impact assessment tools, with emphasis on economic valuation of biodiversity,
(ii) associations between different policy instruments in a policy mix, and
(iii) trade-offs in design of a policy mix between economic, environmental and social impact criteria.

POLICYMIX complements the TEEB study on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity by developing an integrated impact assessment framework. It will also carry out a set of in-depth assessments of economic instruments in seven case studies,and will test their ability to move across social-ecological contexts. Through policy assessments carried out in collaboration with local land users, managers and policymakers, the project is expected to have large impacts in the chosen case studies and beyond.The POLICYMIX approach to policy design is also highly complementary with on-going EU research on securing biodiversity conservation across different time and space scales in different places.

Donors

European Commission

Partners

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)

Contact

Ina Porras