Achieving environmental objectives through market-based incentives 


New and dynamic ways for achieving environmental objectives, including biodiversity conservation, water protection, landscape management, carbon sequestration and forest conservation will be explore as part of an upcoming forum.

Organised by Charles Darwin University’s School for Environmental Research, ‘Social Dimensions of Market-based Environmental Incentives,’ will focus on the rise of Market-based incentives (MBIs) in many countries as tools for achieving these and many other environmental goals.

Forum Convenor and CDU’s Professor of Tropical Livelihoods, Professor Romy Greiner said the forum would seek to explore the social benefits, intended or unintended, of MBIs.

“Policy-makers often believe that MBIs achieve environmental objectives more cost effectively than other policy tools,” she said.

“MBI schemes seek to encourage a range of players, but particularly landowners and land managers, to actively protect and enhance the natural assets that deliver ecosystem services to humanity.

“We want to review the extent to which MBIs have been and are being employed as social policy tools in various contexts, what challenges achieving relevant social policy objectives pose, what trade-offs arise, and whether and how tensions can be resolved.”

The forum will feature internationally recognised speakers from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia reflecting on a suite of MBI applications across many countries.

They will review environmental policy and incentive-based schemes through the social policy lens, whilst providing empirical evidence that demonstrates social outcomes together with economic and environmental aspects of MBIs.

‘Social Dimensions of Market-based Environmental Incentives’ will be held from 18-19 November 2010 at the Theatrette, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

To register or for more information visit or call 8946 6413.