XXI Annual BIOECON Conference

Inequality and poverty in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management

The Scientific Partners of BIOECON are pleased to inform you that the Twenty-First International BIOECON in Wageningen. BIOECON XXI will be of interest to both researchers and policy makers working on issues associated with land-use decisions and its impact on biodiversity. In particular, BIOECON XXI aims to focus on inequality and poverty – both in terms of people’s welfare and in terms of species richness of the environment – in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management. Submissions are welcome on this theme which highlight experiences in both developed and developing countries, or trade related issues between the two.

Organised by Section Economics

Wed 11 September 2019 17:00 until Fri 13 September 2019 17:00

Venue WICC, Lawickse Allee 9, 6701 AN Wageningen

Our keynote speakers will be Prof Marten Scheffer (Wageningen University) and Prof Katharine Sims (Amherst College, USA).

In addition to the conference theme, BIOECON XXI aims to have parallel sessions on a broad range of topics within the umbrella of biodiversity economics including: the role of biodiversity and ecosystem services in economic development, plant genetic resources and food security issues, deforestation and development, fisheries, institutions and instruments (e.g. Payments for Ecosystem Services), development and conservation, wildlife conservation and endangered species, international trade and regulation and climate change.


In particular, submissions are invited on the themes of:

  • Resources management, distribution, development, poverty alleviation
  • Instruments for conservation in the context of land-use and biodiversity
  • Evaluation of biodiversity-related policies and programmes (such as PES)
  • Potential of data science for research on biodiversity and conservation
  • The conservation and value of crop genetic diversity
  • Evolution and design of institutional frameworks for resource conservation (property rights, market instruments etc.)
  • The role of behavioural economics in biodiversity conservation policy design
  • Experimental (lab and field) approaches to biodiversity and ecosystem service conservation
  • Governance and management of natural resources in developing countries
  • Development, growth and resource constraints
  • Biodiversity conservation and conflict

Extended deadline

Complete papers may be submitted for presentation within the BIOECON Conference and only complete papers will be considered by the Scientific Programme Committee. Electronic copies should be sent to no later than Wednesday 22nd of May 2019Please include Abstract, and Keywords with your submission. Acceptance of papers will be notified by email by Monday 3rd June 2019.
It is also possible to submit 3-4 papers together as a suggested “special session” under a theme similar to those indicated above.  The Scientific Partners reserve the right to accept papers on an individual basis, so it is possible that even when a session is not accepted, individual papers within the session might be so. 

Once again BIOECON XXI welcomes suggestions for a special natural sciences or interdisciplinary parallel session to foster more interdisciplinary collaboration with the BIOECON network. Sessions proposed should focus on any aspect of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services and need not be exclusivel focussed on economic methodologies or approaches.