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Theme 3 - Workshop on Non Monetary Value

Location: Department for Fisheries Ocean Sciences, Faial, Horta, Azores
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2004-08-02    
End Date: 2004-08-03

Event Description:

Minutes of this meeting is now available on here:

Objective: Inter-disciplinary baseline review of non-monetary valuation of marine biodiversity using currently available methodologies including stakeholder analysis and multi-criteria analysis.

Participants: Primarily sociologists, socio-anthropologists and economists

This workshop will carry out an inter-disciplinary baseline review of non-monetary valuation of marine biodiversity using currently available methodologies including stakeholder analysis and multi-criteria analysis. It’s output will be a workplan to carry out a valuation of marine biodiversity within 36 months.
In order to manage marine ecosystems for the conservation of biodiversity and sustainability of ecosystem functioning we need to understand the economic, social and cultural value of biodiversity across Europe and how this changes in response to various management attitudes and strategies, and related environmental scenarios. Hence we can provide a framework and context to integrate natural science with the needs of society and development of management policies. Joint research between natural scientists, economists, and sociologists and socio-anthropologists within the network aims to investigate the total economic and social value of European marine biodiversity, including use and non-use values and how this changes in response to alternative management strategies and attitudes. Numerous valuation studies have been performed on coral reefs and mangroves, but other examples are rare, especially based in Europe, making this research both critically important and unique. Valuation also plays a critical role in the management of the environment, as determining estimates of value for environmental resources translates natural science into an accessible format, and enables decision makers to make educated and balanced management plans which maximize benefit to all affected parties.

Please find information on how to register and book hotels on the registration form (please register before 12 July 2004).

Contact email:,

Event programme:
Saturday 31 July 2004- Arrival

21.00 Welcome dinner (Beira Mar – São Mateus)

Sunday 01 August 2004- Excursion to São Jorge Island by boat

08.00 Departure from Cais da Silveira close to the Hotel - Terceira Island
13.00 Lunch (Fajã das Almas)
20.00 Arrival at Angra do Heroísmo – Terceira Island
21.00 Free Dinner

Monday 02 August 2004- Plenary meeting

09.30 Welcome and opening of workshop - Tomaz Dentinho
09.40 Introduction of workshop agenda, rationale and aims – Nicola Beaumont

09.50 Biological Valuation. Towards a widely applicable biological valuation of marine biodiversity - Steven Degraer
10.10 Economic Valuation. Methods and experiences - Nicola Beaumont
10.30 Economic Valuation. Strengths and weaknesses, learning from cases - Tomaz Dentinho
10.50 Economic Valuation. The impossibility of monitoring valuation – Ekko van Ierland

11.10 Coffee

11.30 Socio-cultural valuation of Biodiversity – Dolf de Groot
11.50 Socio-cultural valuation, title to be confirmed - Poul Holm
12.10 A natural science perspective: Complexities of providing natural science derived data values for goods and services – Mel Austen

12.30 Lunch (Terceira Mar Hotel)

14.00 Introduction of cases studies (determined in the Plymouth workshop) and the results of the goods and services analysis - Nicola Beaumont
14.30 Discussion of potential methods to value the goods and services – Chair: Dolf de Groot
15.15 Divide into break out groups to discuss how to value the goods and services in each of the case studies
16.45 Report back on valuation of the cases studies from the different break out groups
17.30 Close of Day 1

20.00 Dinner (Casa da Roda)

Tuesday 03 August 2004- Plenary meeting

09.30 Group discussion of the valuation methods used to value the goods and services. Chair: Ekko van Ierland
10.30 Divide back into break out groups to continue discussion of valuation of the case studies
11.30 Group discussion of progress made and allocation of work in the future
13.00 Closure of workshop

13.05 Lunch (Terceira Mar Hotel)

Collaborators and organisers:
Tomaz Dentinho and Ricardo Serrão Santos

Website url: 

Registration form:

Registration fee: 100 €

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: WP5 - Socio-economics

Maximum number of participants: 40

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: No

Posted by Ward on 2004-04-13 and approved by Webmaster