KEYNOTE 1: Bridging the investment gap for payment for ecosystem services in Costa Rica
Róger Madrigal, The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (CATIE)
Róger Madrigal is environmental economist and director of Environment for Development for Central America (EfD-CA) and the Latin American Chair on Environmental Decisions for Global Change at Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (CATIE). Over the past 15 years, Dr Madrigal has been working on the design and implementation of economic policy instruments for the conservation of green infrastructure, particularly payments for ecosystem services schemes in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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KEYNOTE 2: Incentives, imagination and inertia in rewarding land management for public goods
Andrew Moxey, Pareto Consulting
Andrew Moxey is a freelance consultant with over 30 years' experience of applied policy analysis in the land use sector, having previously held positions as a Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Economics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and Chief Agricultural Economist for the (as was then) Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department. He has served on a number of government advisory panels and undertaken consultancy projects for a range of domestic and international clients, focusing on how policy mechanisms have been and could be deployed to address the challenges, constraints and opportunities facing UK land management.
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Is policy integration the answer to effective delivery of public goods? Insights from a review of Scottish Policy Instruments
Kirsty Blackstock, James Hutton Institute (JHI)
Dr Kirsty Blackstock is a senior researcher in James Hutton’s Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group, based in Aberdeen. Originally trained as sociologist, she has been working on the governance and institutions of natural resources for 20 years, swapping an original focus on these issues in the Wet Tropics of North Australia for Scotland in 2002. Kirsty researches how environmental and rural policies are developed, implemented, monitored and adjusted with particular focus on the role that stakeholder organisations play in both the content and processes of these policy cycles. Much of the research exposes her to the reality of policy making and policy implementation; and she has worked closely with organisations like SEPA and CNPA in the past. She contributes to the Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme and other projects such as those funded by the European Commission; and current sits on a sub-group of the Scottish Forum for Natural Capital.
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Payments for the provision of carbon sequestration and other public goods by the private sector via the UK's Woodland Carbon Code
Vicky West, Forestry Commission
Dr Vicky West is Climate Change Analyst at the Forestry Commission, since 2001. She leads on the management, development and promotion of the Woodland Carbon Code, the first functioning ‘payment for ecosystem services’ scheme in the UK. The WCC provides payments to landowners for the carbon sequestration benefits of new woodland creation projects, from companies looking to compensate for their unavoidable emissions. Vicky is also a member of the Advisory Board for the UK’s Peatland Code.
In the Scotland and the rest of the UK, Vicky works with both landowners looking to create woodlands as well as helping to promote the scheme to potential corporate carbon buyers. She has also worked with governments and companies across Europe looking to develop such schemes and liaises regularly with global providers of payment schemes such as the Gold Standard and Verra.
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Peatland ACTION and the peaty pound: delivering environmental rewards
Andrew McBride, Peatland ACTION Programme
On graduating from Edinburgh University with a Hons Degree in Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economy, Andrew set up McBride Habitats, an environmental consultancy, which worked for a diverse client base (including East of Scotland Water) and broadened his land management experience. Project management was key to the business and during this time included the Ettrick Marshes Wetland Restoration, Clyde Valley Woodlands LIFE Project, National Nature Reserve Management and many commercial development projects including landfill sites. Andrew joined SNH in 2005, taking up the post of Wetland Ecologist that allowed him to develop and focus on his enthusiasm for wetlands. This role was broad, covering monitoring, wetland management, and planning applications: wind farms, housing and developments like the Queensferry Crossing and the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. Key to his work is problem solving, and getting practical solutions to those who need it. As such he has produced several videos and as Chief Editor of the Fen Management Handbook, led a collaborative project of UK organisations.
Andrew is currently managing Peatland Action, a £20 million project to restore Scotland’s peatlands. Started in 2012, the project has already delivered restoration activities over 15,000 ha and is tasked to deliver 7,500 ha of restoration this year (2018).
The Hen Harrier Programme: the implementation of a results-based agri-environment scheme
Caroline Sullivan, The Hen Harrier Project
Dr Caroline Sullivan is a High Nature Value farmland researcher. She currently works as the Assistant Manager and Project Scientist on the Hen Harrier Project in Ireland, with particular responsibility in the latter role for the Slieve Aughty Mountains (Galway/Clare). Caroline has over 10 years experience working on High Nature Value farmland including mapping and describing HNV farmland for the Department of Agriculture. She has also worked on HNV farmland on a European scale. She enjoys communicating the importance of High Nature Value farmland and the need to support it to policy makers, local communities and anyone else with an interest.
Addressing the governance gaps in rural land policy
Ian Hodge, University of Cambridge
Ian is Professor of Rural Economy and Fellow of Hughes Hall in the University of Cambridge. He came to Cambridge in 1983 and was the Gilbey Lecturer until 2000. Prior to that he lectured in agricultural economics at the Universities of Newcastle and Queensland. He was head of Department of Land Economy, 2002-2011. He undertakes research and publishes widely in the areas of rural environmental governance, property institutions, rural development and land use, including books on Rural Employment (with Martin Whitby), Countryside in Trust (with Janet Dwyer), Environmental Economics and the Governance of the Countryside, published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.
Ian has more recently co-authored a Policy Brief on rural land policy after Brexit: Envisioning a British Ecosystem Services Policy.