Valuing the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest
Seminar with professor Jon Strand, University of Oslo, on a World Bank research project mapping economic values of rainforest protection in the Brazilian Amazon.
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This seminar will present a World Bank research project, initiated and led by Jon Strand, to map geographically regional economic values of rainforest protection in the Brazilian Amazon, in several dimensions and in total, at 1 km2 pixel resolution. Maps are available for reduced impact logging, non-timber forest products, carbon, biodiversity and biological resources, hydrological impacts on the Brazilian economy, and forest fire incidence and damage. Biophysical and economic valuation maps are created for each impact category. Two separate websites developed as part of the project, both publicly accessible and under continuous development, will be introduced at the presentation. One website represents our central “valuation platform”, which shows all key items including aggregate values; and the other the hydrological calculations of forest loss impacts on the regional economy via rainfall changes. This project focuses on Brazil, but can be extended to other Amazon rainforest countries such as Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. Several local and regional impacts of Amazon forest losses, not yet being valued economically and mapped, will be addressed in follow-ups to this project.
Jon Strand is a professor of economics at the University of Oslo, Norway. Over the period 2005-2016 he lived in the U.S., first working in the International Monetary Fund’s Fiscal Affairs Department, and then as a senior research economist in the Development Research Group, Environment and Energy Team, at the World Bank. His research focuses on environmental, climate and energy analysis and policy, and environmental and natural resource valuation, and he has published widely in these areas. Much of his research has been of an inter-disciplinary nature. His most important recent research project in the World Bank has dealt with geographically differentiated, local and regional valuation of Amazon rainforests, work which is highly inter-disciplinary, and involves a range of natural scientists in addition to economists.