Monday, January 19, 2009

Water Economics Conference

17th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
24-27 June 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

24 June 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The "Preconference on Water Economics" will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on the 24th of June, immediately before the 17th EAERE Annual Conference and in the same venue. The workshop is organized with the support of EAERE. This one-day meeting will be organized with the aim to present and discuss recent developments in and state-of-the art of European Water Economics. Water has important economic characteristics. Policy demand for information about the economic value of water and the economic consequences of water policy has grown exponentially over the past decades. Since 2000, the Water Framework Directive (WFD) is an important driving force behind the current European Water Economics research agenda. Please find below more information on the Water Framework Directive. During the pre-conference, progress and state-of-the-art of different methodological approaches will be highlighted, addressing a wide variety of surface and groundwater resource management problems, including water pollution, water scarcity, water allocation, ecological restoration of water bodies, and flooding.

The pre-conference meeting is sponsored by the European Commission’s DG Research project AquaMoney and the Dutch Government funded program ‘Leven met Water’ (

Dr. Roy Brouwer, IVM, Department of Environmental Economics, VU University Amsterdam

Relevant topics include:
- integrated hydro-economic river basin modeling
- climate change and flood damage modeling
- non-market water resource valuation
- water pricing, water markets and market based instruments
- payments for watershed ecosystem services
- cost recovery of water services
- international river basin games, cooperation and conflict resolution

Prof. Ian Bateman, University of East Anglia, UK - Water Resource Valuation
Dr. Ines Dombrowsky, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany - The Economics of International River Basin Conflict and Cooperation
Prof. John Rolfe, Central Queensland University, Australia - Water Pricing and Water Markets
Prof. Richard Tol, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands - Climate Change Economics and Integrated Hydro-Economic Modelling
During the pre-conference, also the AquaMoney guidelines will be presented. These guidelines have been developed for the WFD by a European research consortium of water economics experts, focusing on a variety of water resource valuation issues in different European river basins (

Information on how to submit and register can be found on .


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