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AgCenter coastal conference set for Mar. 24-26 in New Orleans

News Release Distributed 02/04/13

BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter’s Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy has issued a call for abstracts for its 2013 national forum on socioeconomic research in coastal systems.

Set for Mar. 24-26 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans, the conference is titled, "Challenges of Natural Resource Economics and Policy." The meeting also will feature the 4th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems.

The Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy is a network of social scientists engaged in research and extension programs that contribute to the management and sustainability of natural resources.

Projects are maintained in a variety of areas related to energy, coastal and inland wetlands, fisheries, forests, wildlife, land, and water resources, said Rex Caffey, CNREP director and a resource economist in the LSU AgCenter Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.

This year’s meeting will focus on economics and public policy research in coastal systems.

"The catastrophic damage associated with the 2005 hurricane season has focused national attention on a region fraught with environmental challenges but also with some tremendous opportunities for socioeconomic research and extension," Caffey said.

Conference organizers expect a combination of technical and nontechnical presentations dealing with coastal issues from around the United States and the world.

“The center currently has 27 active members from eight institutions across the Southeast,” Caffey said. “The center’s activities have been funded at $10.1 million over the past six years by 43 public and private sources outside the university. This has led to the emergence of CNREP as a primary source of socioeconomic expertise for state and federal agencies in the Gulf Coast.”

Session topics for the CNREP 2013 conference include:

– Ecosystem services: valuation methods and applications for coastal restoration.

– Assessing and prioritizing coastal restoration projects.

– Access and use of coastal land and waters for commercial and recreational uses.

– Legal mechanisms to ensure sustainable development in coastal areas.

– Economic recovery in the wake of natural and man-made disasters.

The deadline for early registration is Feb. 25, 2013. The call for abstracts is available on the Internet at

Johnny Morgan
Last Updated: 2/4/2013 10:38:53 AM

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