Letter from the editor

Esther Blanco, AERNA Newsletter Editor

Dear AERNA colleagues and friends,

I am glad to present the Winter 2018 AERNA newsletter. I thank all authors in this newsletter, as well as those who have already committed for the Summer newsletter. I encourage all of you to contact me to participate to the next edition of the newsletter (deadline 15th June 2018) via e-mail (esther.blanco@uibk.ac.at). Time is open for contributions! (read more ⇓)

Institutional highlights

Presidential Correspondence

Antoni Riera, University of the Balearic Islands

Over the last months since our last communication through the AERNA Newsletter, many things have been going on in. The final integration of the new statutes and the partial renovation of the Board of directors are two of the most outstanding. I take the opportunity to give a very special welcome the incoming President and the new officers. (read more ⇓)

Remarks from the Incoming-President

Santiago Rubio, University of Valencia

In the last congress of our Association that took place in Aveiro in 2016, the General Assembly decided to introduce some changes in the Statutes to facilitate the running of the association. The Council reduces its members from eight to six and elections for renewing half of the Council will be celebrated each two years. For a small Association like ours it is a good idea to minimize the number of associates in the council, and on the other hand the partial renovation will help to keep the memory of the Association alive combining the impetus of junior members with the experience of the seniors. Moreover, the costs of running the Association for the President will decrease because the appointment reduces the duration of the mandate to two years after a previous experience of two years as Incoming-President. I expect this will increase the probability of finding qualified candidates in the future. Finally, celebrating an election every two years instead of every four years implies a more continue participation of the affiliates in the life of the Association. (read more ⇓)

Remarks from the new AERNA Board Member (Education officer)

Renato Rosa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

My first presentation in a scientific meeting, still as first year PhD student, was at the 1st Conference of the Spanish-Portuguese Association of Natural and Environmental Resources Economics in Vigo. My first steps as an environmental economist thus coincided with the foundation of AERNA. Since then I have regularly attended the conferences of our association and when Esther Blanco asked me to write some reflections on AERNA, it was for me a pleasant surprise to realize how a simple glance at the titles of my presentations in AERNA reveal the development of my own academic career. It was definitely not the result of chance that the development of my research agenda was so tightly connected with the life of AERNA. In fact, during the last 15 years our association established itself as a reference point for researchers in the field of environmental economics and is now a consolidated forum for both theoretical and applied scientific discussion. There I grew up as a researcher, developed new ideas, improved ongoing research projects and, not less important, made good friends. (read more ⇓)

Remarks from the new AERNA Board Member (Research Officer)

Jose Oviedo, CSIC

I see AERNA as a meeting point for Portuguese and Spanish researchers to find common ground on fields of mutual interest that can bring up the opportunity of collaborations. In a more and more globalized scientific world, I see a value added in regional associations, such as AERNA, that can bring perspective to local and regional problems that can benefit from a research agenda in which AERNA should play an important role. This is, precisely, the main objective during my term as a Research Officer in the Board of Directors of AERNA. I intend to promote activities and initiatives that strength the collaboration among AERNA members to enhance joint research projects and activities mainly focused on natural resource and environmental problems in the Iberian Peninsula and on the economic instruments that can be applied to solve these problems. (read more ⇓)

Research highlights

On the importance of long-term nuclear policies towards the decarbonization of the electricity sector

Julia de Frutos Cachorro, Universidad de Barcelona

The Paris Agreement, adopted in Paris on 12 December 2015, aims to accelerate and intensify the actions and investment needed for the transition to a low carbon society. Indeed, the European Union (EU) member states have specific targets to reach on renewable energy generation. Concerning 2020 binding targets, most of the member states are well on track to reach the objectives (Spitzley et al., 2015). For example, Belgium would normally achieve the 2020 target of 13% on energy production (for electricity, transport and cooling sectors) from renewable technologies. However, European authorities claim that additional investments will be needed in order to ensure the compliance of current and future more ambitious targets. (read more ⇓)

Preference for landings’ smoothing and risk of collapse in optimal fishery policies: The Ibero-Atlantic sardine fishery

Rui Mota, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

A typical management strategy of a depleted fish stock is to implement measures that reduce the exploitation by following a proposed Harvest Control Rule (HCR). In this context, the HCR is used to define yearly total allowable catches depending on the observed biomass. A HCR is constructed, typically, by evaluating in a simulated population model the performance of specified control rules, in order to guarantee one or more management targets. For instance, to reach a chosen biomass level in a given time interval. Defining a harvest control rule requires solid scientific knowledge of fish stocks and it is perhaps for this reason that biologists have been typically at the forefront of management plans’ design. Recently, however, there is a trend emerging in favor of including economic objectives in the design of fishery management plans. However, while most countries manage their fisheries to achieve a combination of biological, economic and social objectives, there is still little insight on how to define and balance these objectives. (read more ⇓)


New Economic Geography and Environmental Economics

Jose Morales, University of Murcia

Why we sometimes observe the existence of an industrialized core and an agricultural periphery, and other times the economic activity is mostly disperse? What makes these spatial patterns exist? What are its main determinants? Being able to answer these questions is essential for the adoption of equality and growth policies among regions. After all, the economic wealth of regions depends to a large extent on its productive structure. World´s wealth is heavily concentrated in industrialized regions, while the "agricultural periphery" usually has a lower level of economic development. (read more ⇓)

Tragedy of the commons and games on Social Networks

Jorge Marco Renau, University of Girona

The tragedy of the commons is often explained by the fact that a natural resource is owned by a community. However, such social trap is not inevitable when cooperative behavior is promoted efficiently within the community. At the community level, many factors impacting cooperation (i.e., trust, communication, social pressure) are very dependent on the underlying structure of social interactions, often formalized by a social network. (read more ⇓)

Forthcoming events

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Why I do not see a list of openings anymore? See "Letter from the Editor"

Job openings

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Why I do not see a list of openings anymore? See "Letter from the Editor"


These are AERNA institutional members in 2017
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.

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