National Coastal Conference Set For Baton Rouge

Sandra Fiser  |  4/22/2005 6:55:16 PM

News Release Distributed 04/05/04

Economists, sociologists and government policymakers are invited to Baton Rouge for a national conference on the social and economic factors affecting coastal management.

Sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and others, the conference will be held May 27-28, 2004, at the Lod and Carole Cook Conference Center and Hotel on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.

Conference organizers say the topic – Challenges of Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems" – is particularly important in Louisiana, where an estimated 1,900 square miles of coastal marsh have been lost in the past century. They explain that although many people understand the science and physical losses associated with coastal erosion, few understand how people and communities cause and are affected by coastal erosion.

The conference will focus on the opportunities and challenges of social and economic research in coastal systems, with particular emphasis on economic valuation and its use in developing coastal zone management policy.

Organizers say they’ve planned a balanced mix of technical and nontechnical presentations. The program will feature research and policy professionals from many parts of the United States, including Maryland, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida and, of course, Louisiana, as well as others.

Session topics include market and nonmarket valuation of coastal resources, environmental benefit-cost analyses, economic linkage/impact assessment, input-output modeling and comparative assessments of resource management and restoration policy.

The conference is expected to appeal to government officials from federal, state and local jurisdictions, as well as a variety of economists, sociologists and others.

Online registration is available at www.agecon.lsu.edu/cnrep.

The conference is being coordinated by the LSU AgCenter’s Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy, a unit of the AgCenter’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness. Other sponsors include the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program; the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act; The Farm Foundation; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s SERA-IEG 30 committee.

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Writer: Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

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