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Recent news regarding PREM, its work and related issues

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BBC newsitem on MPA project [03 December 2007]

The BBC has published a nice article on the MPA project. Read it here


New Joint project on Marine Protected Areas and Poverty released [30 November 2007]

Four countries, four marine protected areas, a strong study methodology, and more than 1,000 interviews with local people.The findings conclusively show that “people in the community are now better off and this is because of the marine protected area,” as a local person in the Philippines explained.

In one of the first studies of its kind, a large team sought to determine whether fourmarine protected areas have contributed to poverty reduction, and if so, why. The study sites are in Fiji (Navakavu), the the Solomon Islands (Arnavon Islands), Indonesia (Bunaken) and the Philippines (Apo Island).

The sites are not a random sample but were deliberately chosen because local experts believe they have contributed to poverty reduction. The objective was to study potentially positive examples to see if there are common factors for success. There are in fact several shared reasons why these particular marine protected areas helped reduce local poverty. Replicating these success factors can help marine protected areas in general contribute more to reducing local poverty.

For more: Click Here


Scholarships available for PhD Courses [17 October 2007]

Dear PREM friends,

We received the following anouncement that may be of interest to you:

Dear EAERE Members,
The Environmental Economics Unit (EEU) at the Department of Economics, Göteborg University, Sweden, with the support of EAERE and Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), is organising the PhD Courses in Natural Resource Economics (18 February – 20 March 2008) and in Environmental Policy Instruments (25 March – 25 April 2008).
Around eight-ten full scholarships will be given to economists from developing countries with a strong economics background and are likely to apply these skills in further capacity building activities. The course is also open to other students and a couple of partial stipends are also available for EAERE members.
The deadline for applications is November 22nd, 2007.
Detailed information on this opportunity is available at In this page you will also find a complete list of past and future events supported by EAERE. In the same page you will find details about the EAERE invitation for proposals for workshops, conferences, schools, and training courses in any topic of interest to environmental economists.
Best regards,
Monica Eberle
EAERE Secretary General


New ISEE conference to be held in Nairobi. [29 August 2007]

ISEE 2008
Nairobi, Kenya, 7-11 August 2008

The ISEE is pleased to announce that its 10th Biennial Conference has been scheduled for August 7-11,2008 in Nairobi Kenya. The conference, "ISEE2008 NAIROBI: APPLYING ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS FOR SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY" is a joint undertaking by the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE), African Society for Ecological Economics (ASEE) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Joan Martinez Alier, President of ISEE and Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP are pleased to confirm the venue for Nairobi event, which will be held in UNEP conference facilities. Principal organizers of the conference are Peter May, ISEE President-Elect, Kevin Urama, President, ASEE and Anantha Duraiappah, Chief, Analysis and Emerging Issues Unit, UNEP. More information will follow on the conference's official website which is currently under construction.

ISEE site


Research grants for African Environmental Economics researchers [01 August 2007]

The Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) is mandated to enhance the capacity of African researchers to conduct environmental economics and policy inquiry of relevance to African problems and increase the awareness of environmental and economic managers and policy makers of the role of environmental economics in sustainable development. With funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and International Development Research Centre (IDRC), CEEPA will be implementing the first phase of a regional program to strengthen research capacity in environmental economics and policy in Africa over the next three years. Under this program, Research Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to research projects annually to increase capacity in research in environmental economics in the region. Eligible candidates include all researchers working in the field of environmental economics in Africa.

The Research Grant will fund research projects for up to a maximum amount of US$12,500.00 per project. Members of the research team of funded projects will also enjoy additional support through technical and scientific mentorship arrangements and participation in CEEPA research workshops and other activities. CEEPA encourages research proposals that focus mainly on broader issues in environmental economics and policy in African countries. Proposals that seek to suggest alternative strategies, policies and programs to reduce present and future environmental burdens in African countries, as well as proposals whose potential output could lead to improvement in monitoring and measurement of changes in environmental phenomenon are also encouraged. CEEPA also particularly welcomes proposals contributing to development of new methods and extensions of the theories of natural resource and environmental economics. Of particular interest to CEEPA are research projects that deal with managing natural resource use and environmental externalities, open access and public good situations, and forms of capital other than manufactured assets, such as natural and social capital, for which limited funding is currently available from alternative traditional research funding sources. Collaborative arrangements for joint studies with members of sister departments are strongly encouraged, in which case additional funding will be considered.

The Research Committee, in consultation with the Secretariat and resource persons will apply the criteria below in evaluating new proposals:

a.    Policy relevance - Whether the question(s) being proposed is/are potentially useful to policymakers, academic community and/or civil society
b.    Academic merit – Whether the research objectives are clearly set out? Is the proposed methodology the right one and is it feasible? Is the relevant literature cited and correctly used? What are the novel features in the proposal?
c.    Collaborative arrangements for joint studies with members of sister departments – In this case the Research Committee may consider additional funding for more than the above grant

Proposals submitted before 31 August 2007 will be considered for presentation at the Fourth Biannual CEEPA Research Workshop to be held in November 2007. Applicants will be informed by October 2007 of the result of the selection and the approval process and consequently whether or not they will be invited to present their proposals at the third biannual workshop. Proposals submitted after this date will normally be considered only for the fifth Biannual Workshop planned for May 2008. Before submitting a proposal, please, consult the Guidelines for submitting a proposal below.

Send all proposals, including all cvs of researchers to:
Dalène du Plessis
Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development
Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
University of Pretoria
PRETORIA 0002, Republic of South Africa

Send all electronic submissions to:



We would expect an ideal research proposal report to be around 10-15 typewritten single spaced A4 pages, including figures and tables. You may exceed the page limit by including any additional relevant information in the appendix of the proposal. In addition to the typesetting requirements, we encourage you to make your proposal very clear and easy to read so that your work could be appreciated. You must however avoid spending resources on explaining the basics for readers with no or little knowledge of environmental and resource economics. Furthermore, cite references only when it is absolutely necessary: if the terminology is ambiguous, or if you really wish us to read the publication in question.

The final proposal should have (typically,) of the following components.

0. Title page: To include name, address, other contact details and affiliation of researcher(s), (clearly indicate the leader of the team if the research is to be carried out by more than one researcher), an abstract (not exceeding 250 words) and the date of submission.


A Walk Off Beaten Track? New Frontiers in Measuring Poverty Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 November 2007 [30 July 2007]

We recently recieved notification of a conference on Poverty Measurement to be held in Maastricht on November 20th:


No one would disagree that poverty is a multidimensional concept. Only measuring monetary poverty neglects other social risks that have short and long run impacts on the wellbeing of households and individuals.
Over the years, different approaches emerged aimed at including non-monetary dimensions into the poverty concept. Other debates focus on the use of absolute versus relative poverty concepts, the measurement of poverty at the local level and the application of poverty analysis for policy development. This Advanced Academic Update is an excellent opportunity for professionals and academics engaged with development aid and poverty reduction within governmental institutions, international organizations and their counterparts the opportunity to get in depth knowledge of new concepts and methods. Please find attached the preliminary programme.

We invite you to visit our website to find more information about the programme, speakers and the practicalities (
) Would you be interested to participate, please complete the application form online.  We kindly ask you to share this information with friends, colleagues and counterparts who might be interested in this event. In case of questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms.
Groven  (<> ).


Nature's Wealth: five documentaries on the PREM projects! [16 April 2007]

Many people still believe that care for the environment leads to fewer economic opportunities and lower growth. Sustainable use of natural resources and economic prosperity are typically seen as conflicting interests rather than as complementary goals. The PREM Programme recently collaborated with four renowned Dutch documentary makers to produce a series of five films in which farmers, fishermen, and forest workers in Asia and Africa explain how environmental management can be effective in reducing poverty, while improving the quality of nature at the same time.

The five documentaries are:

* Fish or Fees: Marine Protected Areas in Vietnam

* Chained to Charcoal: The Market for Forest Fuels in Tanzania

* Forest Fortune: Payments for Environmental Services in the Philippines

* Wildlife’s Worry: Human-Elephant Conflict in Sri Lanka

* Niger, a Life Line:  Effective Water Management in the Upper Niger Basin in Mali

They can be found in the project sections, or by clicking the links above.


For enquiries and ordering of the full DVD, please contact PREM.



Unique insurance policy introduced in Sri Lanka [08 March 2007]

Sri Lankan insurance company Ceylinco has recently introduced a unique insurance policy, aimed at reducing the Human-Elephant conflict. The policy was based on the Sri Lankan PREM project, and is the first in its kind. The concept behind the insurance is that it will reduce the need of farmers to put their own and their family's lives at risk in order to protect their livelihoods.

Below you can find several documents on the Elephant damage insurance.

The press release by Ceylinco
A brief overview of the new policy
A specimen of a policy form


Call for papers: special SAJEMS issue [13 February 2007]

We received word from the South African Journal of Economics and Management Sciences (SAJEMS) (published by JUTA) that they are inviting original scientific contributions towards a



To be published in December 2007 with guest editors:
Prof Rashid Hassan and Prof Martin de Wit

SAJEMS is a Thompson ISI and DOE (South Africa) accredited journal and indexed and abstracted in EconLit, the electronic database of the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL), and has been published since 1988.  In 2001 SAJEMS published a special environmental economics issue, which has been followed by a book on the issue in 2004 (Blignaut and De Wit (Eds), Sustainable Options, published by JUTA Academic’s Cape town University Press).  We wish to continue in this tradition to disseminate original scientific work in the field of environmental and ecological economics in Africa and hereby invite all researchers to submit papers related to the economics of energy, air pollution, climatic change, water, natural resource management, marine and terrestrial biodiversity, invasive alien plants, land use, sub-soil assets, waste management, the restoration of natural capital, and diseases related to environmental mismanagement, or any cognate subject.  Papers should reflect the pressing co-existence of poverty and environmental pressures or change within the African reality.  Papers should seek and offer practical and/or policy-related answers to these development challenges countries in Africa are facing.

Full paper submissions (not under review elsewhere) adhering to the SAJEMS Editorial Policy and Guidelines (available from Mrs Laing, the journal secretary, at, should be submitted via e-mail to Mrs Laing in MS Word format by May 18, 2007.  All submissions will be submitted to a rigorous double-blind peer review process with both the Journal Editor and Guest Editors acting as action editors, and final approval coming from the Journal Editor, Prof James Blignaut.

We eagerly await your submissions!


Several new policy briefs online [12 February 2007]

We put several new issues of the PREM policy brief series online. They can be found under the publication section.


Happy new year! [01 January 2007]

A very happy new year from all of us here at PREM!


Nepalese Rhino's remain under severe threat [09 November 2006]

The BBC recently published an interesting, but sad, article on the Nepalese Rhino and the threats faced by the animals. The latest count of the population has shown that rhino numbers have dropped to fewer than 400 from nearly 600 animals in three parks in 2000. We believe this once again stresses the need to look carefully at options that can help save the Rhino before it is too late!

Read the BBC article here

Another BBC article here

Policy brief on the PREM project in Nepal


Two positions at CISED [31 October 2006]

The PREM team received the following communication from our colleagues at CISED that could be of interest to you:

Dear Colleague,

CISED is looking to recruit core faculty in the areas of forests, water and energy. We are also looking to make 1-year Visiting Fellow appointments in various areas.

I am attaching two fliers with all the details. I request you to give these fliers as much publicity as possible within your organisation and network of friends.

It has been our experience that good candidates are most often identified by through personal contacts. Hence, if you know of any persons who might be appropriate for these positions, please bring this advertisement to their notice. Alternatively, if you write to me with their contact information, I would be most happy to contact
them myself. 

Thanking you in advance for your help, and with regards,


Sharachchandra Lele

More info can be found here


Policy Brief number 12 online [02 October 2006]

The new PREM Policy Brief, "Socio-economic vulnerability to flood risks in Bangladesh: How do poor people cope?" is online.

This study aims to assess vulnerability to flood risks and comprehensive adaptation mechanisms to reduce flood damage by different socio-economic groups in rural Bangladesh: how are different groups of people and communities affected by flooding, and how do they cope with the impacts of floods? This study tests the effectiveness of different coping strategies in reducing flood damage costs. As expected, poor households are more at risk of flooding, but somewhat paradoxically, the people facing the highest risk of flooding are the least well prepared, both in terms of taking household preventive measures and having access to community level flood relief.

It can be found here


PREM Mourns the loss of Nepalese Policy Mentor [25 September 2006]

Today we received the shocking news that Mr. Chandra Gurung tragically died in a helicopter crash in the Nepalese mountains. Chandra Gurung was the representative of WWF in Nepal, and a valued policy mentor for the PREM researchers in his country. Along with Mr. Gurung, 23 other people lost their lives in this terrible accident.

This is a devastating time for their families and friends, and a hard blow for the conservation community in Nepal and Worldwide.

The PREM team hereby conveys its condolences and wishes strength to all those that lost their loved ones.

More news on the crash can be found at here


Prem Working Paper 06-03 online [15 September 2006]

A new working paper on the Uganda project is available through our download section.

The paper uses a relatively new method called ‘small area estimation’ to analyze the relationship between poverty and the environment in Uganda for regions, districts, counties and sub-counties of Uganda. The method was applied by combining spatially disaggregated poverty and biophysical data.

To go to the download section directly, click here.


Book on PREM project now available online! [10 August 2006]

The multidisciplinary study on the Niger river Basin in Mali, carried out in the framework of the interdepartmental Dutch Partners for Water programme “Water for food and ecosystems” and the PREM-programme, has produced a book entitled "The Niger, a Lifeline".

The whole book is now available for download through our publications section. Click here to go directly to the download page.


International Conference on Environment in Malaysia [26 June 2006]

On November 13th - 15th 2006, an international conference on the theme of Knowledge-based Environmental Management and Sustainable Development will be held in Penang, Malaysia. More information to be found at this website:


New Policy Brief online! [14 June 2006]

The newest PREM policy brief has been completed. You can find Policy Brief #11 "Human-elephant conflict and rural poverty in Sri Lanka" here


Workshops successfully completed [31 May 2006]

The final PREM workshops, held May 11th - May 16th, have been successfully completed. All presentations made will be available for participants soon.


Philippines Project wins ReResource arward! [23 March 2006]

We are proud that the winner of this year’s International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management is the PREM project in the Philippines!.

Read more here


Two new working papers online [20 March 2006]

There are two new Working Papers online, both from Bangladesh. You can find them by clicking these links:


Special Issue on 'Water for Food and Ecosystems' contains Mali paper [31 January 2006]

The special issue of the International Journal for Water Resources Development (Volume 22, issue 1) on 'Water for Food and Ecosystems', containing 11 papers on work related to the Wageningen Water Platform has appeared now, well in time for the next World Water Forum in Mexico. It includes a Paper prepared for the PREM project in Mali, authored by Leo Zwarts, Pieter Van Beukering, Bakary Koné, Eddy Wymenga and Douglas Taylor.

To acces this issue of the International Journal for Water Resources Development, please click here


New Working Papers and Policy briefs added to publications! [25 January 2006]

We added two new Publications to the PREM Working Paper series. In addition, five new Policy Briefs are now online. Find them in the publication section.


Various application opportunities in Environmental Economics at CEEPA [10 October 2005]


Openings for Core Faculty and Visiting Fellows at CISED [14 September 2005]


Postdoc Position offered by the Ecological and Environmental Economics Programme [10 August 2005]


New Working Papers online (for Mongolia, South Africa, Uganda, and India) [07 June 2005]


Nepal: At least 12 rhinos killed in Royal Chitwan National Park [24 May 2005]

For full story visit


New website online. [17 January 2005]

Welcome to our new website!


GIS Course for Economists [14 January 2005]

From March 7th to March 12th, PREM will organise a GIS course for economists.


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