Economic and Social Assessment

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The Economic and Society Assessment theme panel chair is Eddie Allison from the University of Washington and the University of East Anglia. David Coates with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and John Kurien of the International Coalition in Support of Fishworkers are acting as panel facilitators.

What are the economic and societal values of inland fisheries?  Decisions about management of inland waters and fisheries production systems often do not include the economic and societal values of inland fisheries to society. In instances where there is some estimate of value of these fisheries, valuation often has ignored the important contribution of fish to nutrition, livelihoods, leisure, societal well-being, and the intrinsic value associated with religious and cultural uses of fisheries resources. The goal of this theme is to explore and develop new approaches to provide monetary and non-monetary value to fisheries, including their importance to human health, personal well-being, and societal prosperity. Value assessments will need to include the use of monetary and non-monetary approaches such as shadow pricing, replacement value, willingness-to-pay, human nutrition and health, employment, and cultural use of fishes. The availability of improved estimates of the economic and social worth of inland fisheries will promote the role of inland fisheries in individual well-being and societal prosperity and stability. The increased understanding of the value of these fisheries will help provide a common metric for evaluating alternative uses of these resources and habitats.

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Research areas for Economic and Social Assessment theme presentations

Research areas for Economic and Social Assessment theme presentations