Letter from the editor

Carmen Arguedas, AERNA Newsletter Editor

Dear AERNA colleagues and friends,

It is my great pleasure to introduce the contents of the fifth issue of our AERNA Newsletter (July 2016). This issue contains the traditional sections on Institutional Highlights and Research Highlights, followed by information on job opportunities, upcoming conferences and the list of our institutional members in 2016. (read more ⇓)

Institutional highlights

Presidential Correspondence

Antoni Riera, President of AERNA

The need to find solutions to global problems that threaten the viability and safety of our planet increasingly calls to the cooperation. Perhaps for this reason, gradually, we are coming out of a cycle dominated by competitiveness as logic of the social and economic system and entering in a new cycle characterized by the premise 'cooperating to compete'. (read more ⇓)

UPCOMING AERNA 2016 Conference

Margarita Robaina, President of the Organizing Committee

The VII Conference of the Spanish-Portuguese Association of Natural Resources and Environmental Economics (AERNA) will be held on Aveiro, organized by the Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering and Tourism (DEGEIT) and the Research Center in Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy (GOVCOPP) from September 5th to September 7th, 2016. (read more ⇓)

Research highlights

Recent Avances on Optimal Fisheries Harvesting

José María Da Rocha (Universidade de Vigo e Instituto Tecnológico de México), Javier García-Cutrin (Universidade de Vigo) and María-José Gutiérrez (University of the Basque Country)

Fisheries economics have addressed most of their relevant issues applying biomass models (also known as lumped-parameter or surplus-production models) that abstract from the age-structured behind the biological dynamics of fish populations. Since the pioneer articles by Gordon (1954) and Scott (1955), there have been a huge number of contributions based on biomass models in a variety of topics. Wilen (2000) points out this fact when surveying the developments and advances in fisheries economics and fisheries policy over the second half of the twentieth century. (read more ⇓)

The unattended role of diversity, co-benefits and equity in EU environmental policies

Sonia Quiroga and Pablo Martínez-Juárez, Department of Economics, Universidad de Alcalá

Public effort on environmental policies has been growing in the last years, and with it, the attention put over its effectiveness, efficiency and impact over equity. One of the sources of problems is the excessive rigidness of top-down approaches in ecosystem preservation and regulation. For example, the compensatory measure 224 stated in the Common Agricultural Policy to be applied over the Natura 2000 sites is programmed in less of the 20% of the eligible areas (Sarvašová et al. 2016). A possible approach towards dealing with this excessive rigidness is the diversification of the objectives. (read more ⇓)

Circular Economy

Emilio Cerdá Tena, Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

The concept of Circular Economy (CE) appears for the first time in the book Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment by Pearce and Turner (1989). The title of chapter 2 is “The circular economy”. The authors explain the shift from the traditional open-ended economic system to a circular economic system as a consequence of the laws of thermodynamics that dictate matter and energy degradation. This idea has evolved over time and in the last years has acquired more and more importance both from the point of view of research and implementation in the real economy. (read more ⇓)

Job opportunities

European Job Market for Environmental and Resource Economists

Econ Job Market

PostDoc: Impact Evaluations in Developing Countries, University of Mannheim


VII AERNA Conference. Aveiro (Portugal), 5-7 September 2016

AERE 6th Annual Summer Conference. Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 31 May - 2 June 2017.

EAERE 23nd Annual Conference. Athens, Greece, 28 June - 1 July 2017.

6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists. Gothenburg, Sweden, 25-29 June 2018

Madrid Environmental Economics Seminars, Periodic event


These are AERNA institutional members in 2016
AERNA is most grateful for their support!

  • AZTI-Tecnalia

    The Technology Center of Marine and Food Research.
    To imagine the future is a challenge that motivates and excites us everyday: To meet the demands of innovation and development in the marine and food industries. Together, we have no limits.

  • Basque Centre for Climate Change

    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.

Public and private institutions are invited to support the Association to further its aims by joining AERNA as institutional members. Incomes from institutional membership fees are used exclusively and completely to further the aims of the Association.
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