Call for Workshop Papers

Climate Change and Land Conservation and Restoration: Advances in Economics Methods and Policies for Adaptation and Mitigation


Workshop Dates: June 13-14, 2017, Washington, D.C.
Abstract Submission Deadline: February 10, 2017 

The Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) will hold a two-day post conference workshop on “Climate Change and Land Conservation and Restoration: Advances in Economics Methods and Policies for Adaptation and Mitigation”. The workshop will bring together experts and researchers analyzing climate adaptation and mitigation policies related to public and private land conservation and restoration. The workshop will focus on (1) the impact of climate change on ecosystem services generated from domestic (federal, state and private) and international land conservation and restoration, (2) the effectiveness and efficiency of mitigating climate change through forest conservation, (3) adaptive land conservation and restoration methods that account for climate change and the uncertainty inherent in climate projections, and (4) Create networking opportunities by bringing together researchers and practitioners working on land conservation/restoration and climate change.

The Workshop will be held after the NAREA Annual Meeting from noon on Tuesday, June 13 until the afternoon of Wednesday, June 14. Workshop events will take place at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA, just across a pedestrian friendly bridge from the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. We encourage participation from academic, public, and private sector agricultural, environmental, and resource economists; and welcome professionals, faculty, and graduate students.

The workshop will include addresses from recognized experts in the field including economists Amy Ando and Stephen Polasky and climate and ecosystem modeling experts Lee Hannah (Bren-UCSB and Conservation International) and Radley Horton (Columbia and NASA), selected paper presentations chosen on the basis of submitted abstracts, and in-depth working sessions. A special issue of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (ARER) will be published in August 2018 from workshop papers accepted after an expedited version of the journal's peer-review process.

The Workshop will cover the publication charges and, depending on the availability of funding, may also provide an honorarium to the presenting author (up to a maximum of 12 papers) upon successful completion of their submission of their paper to ARER. The Workshop is supported from multiple of sources including the USDA-ERS.

Topics for Selected Papers
Climate change will likely impact the ecosystem services generated from conserved land and the distribution, location, and population of many species altering the ideal geographical boundaries for conservation and restoration. Private and public land conservation and restoration objectives include the protection of ecosystem services, the maintenance of functioning forests, and the provision of open space. Although conservation easements and land preservation programs (i.e. national parks and wilderness areas) have been successful in restricting development and land use in the U.S. and across the globe, their static terms and fixed geographic boundaries create challenges for meeting these objectives in the future. Land conservation and restoration policies must adapt to a changing climate to achieve their conservation objectives.

Managing land use change and preventing deforestation will also play an important role in mitigating climate change. Land conservation and restoration programs have the potential to make significant increases in our carbon sinks while promoting the dual benefits of protecting ecosystem services and biodiversity. However, there is no clear consensus on the effectiveness of policies to prevent deforestation and restore natural ecosystems. Further, measuring the success of programs to prevent deforestation is complicated by potential leakage, transaction costs, lack of information on opportunity cost, and difficulty of implementation.
The 2017 NAREA workshop will focus on (1) the impact of climate change on ecosystem services generated from domestic (federal, state and private) and international land conservation and restoration, (2) the effectiveness and efficiency of mitigating climate change through forest conservation, and (3) adaptive land conservation and restoration methods that account for climate change and the uncertainty inherent in climate projections.

Abstract Submission Guidelines
Authors wishing to have a paper considered for the NAREA Workshop must submit an extended abstract by Friday, February 10, 2016. Abstracts may be submitted online starting December 12th at http://narea.org/2017/workshop/submit-google-workshop.asp.

The abstract file (MS Word or pdf) should contain the following information:
Cover page with:

  • title of paper;
  • name, address, e-mail address and phone number of paper presenter or primary contact;
  • name and institutional affiliation of paper presenter and co-author(s); and
  • 4-6 key words.

Separate pages with:

  • title of paper; and
  • extended abstract (1000 to 1500 words maximum; title and any references cited are in addition to this word limit).

Abstracts that do not comply with these guidelines will not be reviewed. Electronic acknowledgements of submissions will be sent to all submitters. Abstracts will be reviewed by the NAREA Workshop Selected Papers Committee in terms of the significance to the field, strength of methodology/design, and clarity of writing. Authors will be notified of the status of their abstract by March 31, 2016.

Selected paper presentations will be 20 minutes. Full papers must be received from notified authors by May 16, 2016, to be included in the workshop's program. ARER must receive final papers by July 31, 2016, to be considered for expedited review in the special issue of ARER to be published in August 2018.

For More Information
Further information concerning workshop registration and the final program will be provided in the spring issue of the NAREA Newsletter and on the NAREA website.

For more information, contact the NAREA Workshop Organizing Committee:
Sahan T. M. Dissanayake (sdissan2@gmail.com), Colby College and Portland State University
Sarah Cline (clinesarah@gmail.com), U.S. Department of the Interior
Jill Caviglia-Harris (jlcaviglia-harris@salisbury.edu), Salisbury University