Rex Caffey, Bogren, Richard C. | 5/2/2007 2:41:07 AM
News Release Distributed 05/01/07
Economists, sociologists and policymakers from federal, state and local governments will be attending the second national forum on socioeconomic research in coastal systems this month in New Orleans.
Sponsored by the LSU AgCenter’s Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy, the conference, which will give participants a chance to discuss the social and economic factors affecting coastal management, will be held May 20-23 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the Crescent City.
Conference organizers say the topic – Challenges of Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems – is particularly important in light of the damage associated with the 2005 hurricanes.
"The economic importance of natural capital is widely documented, and nowhere has this been more clearly demonstrated than in the coastal states of the northern Gulf of Mexico," said Dr. Rex Caffey, director of the LSU AgCenter’s CNREP and one of the organizers of the conference.
The program will feature nearly 90 oral and poster presentations from natural resource economists, resource managers and policy professionals from 16 U.S. states and nine foreign countries, Caffey said.
Individuals may register for the conference on the Internet at www.cnrep.lsu.edu/2007/registration.htm. The fee is $275.
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 policies.
Organizers say they’ve planned a balanced mix of technical and nontechnical presentations.
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.
In addition to CNREP, a unit of the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, sponsors include the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program; the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act; the Farm Foundation; the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s SERA-IEG 30 committee; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and the Shaw Group.