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Stop 3: Launceston

How do you put a dollar value on nature?

5:30pm  | 10/08 | Launceston


Spend the evening with Professor Darla Hatton MacDonald! Hear about her work on natural resource valuation, looking into issues in forestry and marine environments, then stick around afterwards for a drink and a chat at the bar with Darla and the one and only Dr Karl. Road Trippers and locals alike are welcome.

Professor Darla Hatton MacDonald

University of Tasmania

The usual qualifications, a PhD,  from the University of Alberta in Forestry Economics where I looked at the values people place on the natural environment in cross cultural settings.  My research career has been marked by variety-seeking behaviour with thesis research that took me to northern Saskatchewan in the dead of winter to the Mutoko district of Zimbabwe all in pursuit of understanding the value people place on the natural environment. I then took a position with CSIRO Land and Water in Adelaide and worked on water issues for the next fifteen years. I then migrated to the University of Tasmania where I work on natural  resource valuation issues in forestry and marine environments.

How do you put a dollar value on nature?

The ecosystem services and benefits that natural systems provide locally are highly valued by the communities that benefit from these and provide them with a “sense of place”. I will look at how placing a dollar value to the local natural assets and ecosystem services help preserve them, the trade-offs, and potential long-term outcomes to local communities.

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