Letter from the editor

Carmen Arguedas, AERNA Newsletter Editor

Dear AERNA colleagues and friends,

It is my great pleasure to present the contents of the third issue of our AERNA Newsletter, corresponding to Summer 2015.

AERNA has just renewed the Council Board for the period 2015-2017. As new editor of the AERNA Newsletter, I want to start by warmly thanking the former editor Maria José Gutiérrez for her excellent work and impulse in the starting period of this interesting project. The present issue is mostly due to her, since she has managed the vast majority of the contents in this number. (read more ⇓)

Institutional highlights

Presidential Correspondence

Antoni Riera, President of AERNA

On the past 24th of May, the 13th anniversary of AERNA foundation was commemorated. During these past years of activity, the Association has echoed the transformations that have taken place in the field of the Natural and Environmental Resources Economics, representing a reference point for the research undertaken in Spain and Portugal on the topic of sustainability and other related issues. (read more ⇓)

AERNA 2014 Conference

Renan Goetz, President of the Local Organizing Committee,
María José Gutiérrez and Àngels Xabadia, Presidents of the Scientific Committee

The VI Congress of the Spanish-Portuguese Association of Resource and Environmental Economics (AERNA), organized in collaboration with the Spanish Association for Energy Economics, took place at the Economics Faculty of the Universitat de Girona, from September 4th to 6th, 2014.

The congress comprised five parallel sessions and two plenary sessions during which 60 papers about environmental and resource economics issues were presented. The program covered a wide range of areas, such as, climate change, water management, forestry and fisheries management, environmental and energy policies, renewable energy or agricultural economics. (read more ⇓)

Prize for the best presentation at the AERNA 2014 Conference

to Elsa Varela, Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia-European Forest Institute

The organizing committee received 18 applications for the prize for the best paper presented at the conference by a PhD Student or a PhD holder that defended his/her thesis after 5th June 2012.

The IV AERNA Prize for the best presentation was awarded to Elsa Varela, from the Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia-European Forest Institute for her presentation: "Beyond the burnt area: insights on the social preferences for fire prevention management".

Prize for the best published paper at the AERNA 2014 Conference

to Michael Finus, University of Bath, and Pedro Pintassilgo, Universidade do Algarve

Michael Finus, from the University of Bath, and Pedro Pintassilgo, from the Universidade do Algarve were awarded the III AERNA prize for the best published paper for their article "The Role of Uncertainty and Learning for the Success of International Climate Agreements", published in the Journal of Public Economics, Volume 103, July 2013, Pages 29–43.


Alejandro Caparrós, Coordinator of the Working Group on Game Theory and Environmental and Resource Economics

The AERNA Working Group on Game Theory and Environmental and Resource Economics will celebrate its first Workshop in Madrid on September 7-8, 2015. The Workshop will bring together papers that deal with environmental and resource economics problems using any of the branches of Game Theory, including theoretical and empirical contributions. Topics covered include coalition formation, dynamic games, bargaining, behavioral economics and experimental economics. The venue is the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and the Workshop is co-organized by the Department of Economic Analysis of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Institute for Public Goods and Policies (IPP) of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).

Research highlights

Economic Growth and Natural Resources

Francisco Cabo and Guiomar Martín-Herrán, Universidad de Valladolid,
María Pilar Martínez-García, Universidad de Murcia

In the literature on economic growth and the environment, when natural resources are regarded as productive inputs provided in limited amounts, sustainability can be identified as an unlimited economic growth with a finite natural resource sector. In what follows, the first section focuses on the conditions for sustainability when a non-renewable resource plays an essential role in the engine of growth of the economy. The second focuses on the role of international trade for sustainability considering a renewable natural resource. (read more ⇓)

Climate Change opens the Need to Reappraise the Potential of Forest Ecosystem Services

Renan Goetz and Àngels Xabadia, Universitat de Girona

Forests in the Iberian Peninsula are generally characterized by moderate tree growth and consequently by a low profitability with respect to timber production. In many areas it caused the abandonment of forestry; which has been particularly intense in the last decades (Lindner et al., 2010). (read more ⇓)

(Endogenous) Probabilistic Losses of Ecosystem Services

Esther Blanco, University of Innsbruck, and The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University

Maintaining ecosystem services is one of the key challenges for the future, both for the well-being of humans and more broadly to virtually all species. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment concluded that over the past 50 years humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively than in any comparable period of time in history. Consequently, the majority of the ecosystem services Earth provides are being degraded, diminishing the benefits that future generations can obtain from ecosystems. (read more ⇓)

Policy Recommendations

The Portuguese Green Tax Reform: An Insider View

Catarina Roseta-Palma, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

It is not often in our academic careers that we are given a chance to practice what we preach. During the year of 2014 the Portuguese Government decided to implement its first ever Green Tax Reform, aiming to contribute to resource use efficiency in the country, to reduce energy dependence and to induce more sustainable patterns of consumption and production, among other goals. The Commission's members were external experts, mostly specialists in tax and environmental law but also two environmental economists (both past members of the AERNA Council). The mandate was to work independently on a wide-ranging review of current environmental and energy taxation, presenting new options to internalize externalities while explicitly taking into account an overall aim of fiscal neutrality and a need for impact assessment. All this in six to nine months… (read more ⇓)

Job opportunities

Visiting Researcher in Mineral, Energy, and Environmental Economics and Policy Colorado School of Mines Earth Resources Institute. Any Semester in the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Senior Researcher/Researcher Environmental Economics at Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark - two positions (ID 718037)


BC3 Summer School: Climate Change On the Road to Paris, San Sebastian 13-15 July 2015

17th Annual BIOECON Conference Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability. 13-15 September 2015. Kings College, Cambridge United Kingdom

Economics of Innovation, Diffusion, Growth and the Environment. Royal Society of Arts. London. 16-18 September, 2015

ASC 2015. ICES Annual Science Conference. Copenhagen, Denmark, 21 – 25 September 2015

Workshop: Fourth International Workshop on Natural Resources, Environment and Economic Growth, St Petersburg, October 1-2, 2015

Workshop: Advances in the Economics of Climate Change (invitation only). 9-10 October 2015. Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center - SEEPAC

2015 33RD USAEE/IAEE North American Conference. The Dynamic Energy Landscape. Pittsburgh, PA, USA. October 25-28, 2015

Workshop: 3rd Economics of Low-Carbon Markets Workshop, Ribeirao Preto, 14-15 December, 2015

AERE 5th Annual Summer Conference, Beaver Run, Breckenridge, June 9-11, 2016

EAERE 22nd Annual Conference, Zurich 22-25 June 2016

Madrid Environmental Economics Seminars, Periodic event


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    The BC3 is a Research Centre based in the Basque Country which aims to contribute to long term research on the causes and consequences of climate change in order to foster the creation of knowledge in this multidisciplinary science.

  • Factor CO2

    Factor CO2 is a global company that provides ideas and services to tackle climate change from innovative perspectives through our international network of offices. We have developed more than 900 projects for more than 380 clients in 30 different countries.

  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid

    The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is an institution with a long history and broad social recognition. UCM aspires to be among the foremost universities in Europe, and a reference centre for Latin America.

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