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Final Program for CNREP 2013

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Join Us in New Orleans!

Meet with your colleagues, friends, and others in an exciting multidisciplinary setting hosted in the unique city called “The Big Easy.” By highlighting the status and challenges of socioeconomic research and policy in coastal systems, the 4th National Forum promises to generate future collaborative efforts while providing a prominent venue for highlighting your current research, extension, and policy work. Mark your calendars for CNREP 2013to be held March 24-26, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Royal Sonesta Hotel,which is located on Bourbon Street in the heart of New Orleans nightlife.

Royal Sonesta, New Orleans, LA

What Challenges?

The economic importance of natural capital is widely acknowledged, but determining the economic value of specific ecosystem goods and services is complicated by the fact that they are often public in nature and thus inaccurately valued in markets (or, in fact, not valued at all). Understanding both the market and non-market values of water resources, wetlands, fisheries and other ecosystem-based goods and services is critical to efficient policy development, but the current state of science is such that this understanding is limited. In addition, the way in which systems vary over geographic and temporal dimensions poses significant challenges to both valuing resources and developing the appropriate institutional and policy responses that are needed for effective resource management. CNREP 2013 will address these difficult issues while focusing on coastal resources and their role in the economic, social, and cultural systems of the world.

What are the Topics? 

Presentations, posters, and discussion panels are currently being solicited for CNREP 2013. Concurrent session topics currently include, but are not limited to, the:

Role of social sciences in calculating the market and non-market values of ecosystem goods and services   

Identification of linkages between coastal resources and regional economic activity

Economic and social implications of disasters in coastal zones   

Use of indicators for resource management and project prioritization

Human dimensions associated with public and private use of coastal resources 
Importance of recreational activities in coastal resource planning and management

Role of energy industries and policy in coastal environments and communities   

Market-based mechanisms for achieving coastal resource management goals

Importance of working waterfronts to coastal communities and management    

Methods for encouraging private resource stewardship in coastal zones

Institutional and legal mechanisms to ensure sustainable resource development in coastal areas

Practical advantages and limitations to using ecosystem valuations in management planning

Role of economics and policy in allocating water resources between human and environmental needs   

The role of resiliency and sustainability in coastal resource management and policy development

Basic and applied research, extension-oriented, and policy discussion submissions are all welcome.

Who Should Attend?

A balanced mix of technical and non-technical presentations is planned, and noted research and policy professionals will be invited to present keynote addresses to the conference that provide a framework for conference sessions and discussions. Attendees will include:

  • Economists and sociologists
  • Legal scholars and policy analysts
  • Ecological and environmental researchers
  • University extension specialists and agents
  • State and federal resource managers
  • Environmental consultants
  • Environmental interest groups
  • Graduate students

Call for Abstracts – Due November 12, 2012

Please submit your 500 word (maximum) paper or poster abstract via email (address below) by November 12, 2012.  Include the abstract as text in the body of your email or as an attachment in MS Word format.  Please provide the title of the paper, names and affiliations of authors, addresses (including email addresses), and key words for the paper.  Please also indicate the presenting author and whether you would like to present the paper orally or as a poster. Abstracts received by the deadline will be reviewed for quality and authors notified of acceptance by December 15, 2012.  All abstracts and/or presentations, both oral and poster, will be published electronically on the CNREP website.

All abstracts are to be submitted by November 12, 2012. Please email them to:

Dr. Richard F. Kazmierczak, Jr., Professor of Resource Economics
Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy (CNREP)
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Email:  rkazmierczak@agcenter.lsu.edu

Special Issue of Resources

In addition to the electronic book of abstracts, all authors are eligible for publication in a special issue of the new open-access, peer-reviewed journal Resources. Manuscripts used as the basis for presentations at CNREP 2013 can be submitted to the journal beginning now through April 30, 2013. Submissions will begin the review process immediately.

More information about this opportunity, along with the instructions for authors (near the bottom of the page), is available on the special issue website at the following link: Resources Special Issue. Alternatively, you can contact the journal’s editor-in-chief, Richard F. Kazmierczak, Jr., at rkazmierczak@agcenter.lsu.edu .

Meeting Registration

Attendees can register for the conference at the following link → CNREP 2013 Registration.  Early registration will last through February 25, 2013 and is $350 per participant, $200 for students.  In addition to all conference materials, the registration fee will include an opening night reception, a poster reception, two continental-plus breakfasts, and 2 buffet-style lunches (menus for these events will also be posted shortly on the conference website). Information about the opportunity to attend an optional seafood banquet will also be posted soon.


Make your room reservations at the following link → Lodging for CNREP 2013. Alternatively, directly phone the Royal Sonesta Hotel at 504-586-0300 and indicate that you are with the CNREP group. Nightly rates are $189 and include wireless internet connectivity. Parking is available onsite for the discounted price of $25 per night. The deadline for hotel reservations on the CNREP block is February 25, 2013.


Current sponsors for the conference include the following: Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy (CNREP); Gulf Regional Sea Grant Programs; Louisiana State University Agricultural Center; Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA); Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; Harte Research Institute; The Water Institute of the Gulf (TWIG); Tetra Tech, Inc.; Gulf of Mexico Marine Fisheries Commission; Northern Gulf Institute; SWCA Environmental Consultants; East Carolina University; and Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP). Additional sponsors are welcome. For more information, please contact Dr. Rex H. Caffey at rcaffey@agcenter.lsu.edu .

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