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Newsroom: 2006

On-line Registration Opens for CNREP 2007 - Second National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems
(December 1, 2006)

As of December 1st, online registration is officially open for CNREP 2007: Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy, the 2nd National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems. Participants registering before March 30th will receive a $50 discount over the cost of regular registration.


CNREP Develops Innovative Hurricane Impact Model for Fisheries Damage Assessment
(November 15, 2006)

CNREP cooperators Richard Kazmierczak, Rex Caffey, Hamady Diop and Walter Keithly are in the final stages of a year-long assessment of the economic damages resulting from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The impact study - which is based on field-level surveying and data from the LSU Hurricane Center - provides a predictive model of the site-specific damages to fisheries infrastructure as a function of maximum storm surge height.

Over the past year, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Fishing Community Recovery Coalition (LFCRC) have used results from the CNREP study as justification for what has become $73 million in state and federal commitments for fisheries damage recovery in coastal Louisiana. Additional information on the involvement CNREP in this process can be found in fall edition of Coastal Clips by Louisiana Sea under the title: FisheriesAssessments Used in Funding Requests:

www.laseagrant.org/wp-content/uploads/CC_No4_Fall06.pdf


External Advisory Committee Established
(November 15, 2006)

Eight prominent individuals from the fields of resource economics, environmental law, and coastal policy have accepted invitations to serve on the CNREP advisory council. Members of the inaugural council, who hail from state and federal agencies, universities, and non-governmental organizations; will provide CNREP access to national-level expertise on a broad range of economic and policy issues related to natural resource management. A listing of the CNREP Advisory Council members is available at: www.cnrep.lsu.edu/advisory.htm


CNREP Featured in Yale University Lecture Series
(October 17, 2006)

The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies recently hosted CNREP Director Rex H. Caffey as part of a the 2006 Curtis and Edith Munson Distinguished lecture Series. This seminar series is coordinated on a biennial basis through the Yale Center for Coastal & Watershed Systems. This year’s theme was : Lessons from Katrina: Will crisis bring about significant policy changes that address coastal vulnerability? Dr. Caffey’s presentation, The State of Gulf of Mexico Fisheries: Reconciling Disaster Recovery and Ecosystem Restoration, was one of 10 lectures provided by university faculty from the U.S. and Europe during this fall semester.


Call for Abstracts for CNREP 2007 – The Second National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems
(October 9, 2006)

The Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy is announcing a call for abstracts for CNREP 2007: Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy, the 2nd National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems.

The conference, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 20-23, 2007, will focus on the opportunities and challenges of socioeconomic research in developing coastal zone management policy. Potential session topics include, but are not limited to, market and nonmarket valuation of coastal resources, environmental benefit-cost analyses, economic linkage/impact assessment, input-output modeling, and comparative assessments of resource management and restoration policy. Basic and applied research, extension-oriented, and policy discussion submissions are all welcome. The deadline for abstract submission is February 15, 2007.


Francisco Aguilar Receives RFF Dissertation Award
(August 31, 2006)

Francisco Aguilar, a CNREP Affiliate Member and PhD candidate in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, has been selected as one of three individuals nationwide to receive a 2006-2007 Joseph L. Fisher dissertation award. This prestigious award, sponsored by Resources for the Future (RFF), is in recognition of Aguilar's research on determinants influencing the location of manufacturers of forest products in Louisiana.

RFF is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research -- rooted primarily in economics and other social sciences — on environmental, energy, and natural resource issues. Although RFF is headquartered in Washington, D.C., its research scope comprises programs in nations around the world.


Christiane Aust Completes Research on Coastal Restoration Economics
(May 30, 2006)

Graduate student Christiane Aust successfully defended her thesis in November of 2005 and graduated from LSU in May of 2006. Christiane’s th esis , entitled: Cost-Efficacy of Wetland Preservation and Restoration in Coastal Louisiana. is an ex post assessment of more than 300 candidate projects evaluated i n the last 15 years through the Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA).

The project was funded through a graduate research assistantship provided to CNREP by the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program . Christiane was awarded the degree of Masters of Science in Agricultural Economics with a concentration in Natural Resource Economics and a minor in Environmental Studies. Christiane is currently employed with a firm in Vancouver, British Columbia. Link to Thesis: http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-02172006-154429/


Director Caffey Wins Conservation Awards
(May 30, 2006)

Rex H. Caffey, Director and Associate Professor, Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy, has been named the recipient of two distinguished conservation awards in 2006. The Louisiana Wildlife Federation named Caffey Louisiana’s Conservation Educator of the Year for 2006. He was also the recipient of a 2006 Coastal Stewardship Award sponsored by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. These awards recognize Dr. Caffey's outstanding accomplishments in applied research and extension programming related to coastal and wetland policy issues.

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is a non-profit advocacy organization consisting of more than 700 individual members whose mission is the preservation, restoration and responsible stewardship of the coastal wetlands, waters and barrier shorelines of coastal Louisiana. The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is a statewide conservation education and advocacy organization with more than 10,000 members and 27 affiliate groups. Established in 1940, it is affiliated with the National Wildlife Federation and represents a broad constituency of conservationists including hunters, fishers, campers, birders, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts.


Fisheries Impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
(February 2, 2006)

This presentation provides and initial assessments of hurricane damages and predicted revenue losses to the Louisiana’s commercial and recreational fishing sectors. This is an audiovisual presentation that is relatively large – 12MB. After opening the file online or offline, use the F5 key to begin the presentation.

Download: KatRita-Fish-Econ-audio.ppt (12MB PowerPoint)

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