Economic Tools for Conservation courses are 10-12 day courses designed to provide participants with an in-depth review of environmental economics over 10-12 days of intensive hands-on training. The course covers microeconomics, natural resource economics, policy negotiation, environmental valuation, environmental service markets, cost-benefit analysis, and strategic communication. These topics are taught through a combination of lecture, exercises, case studies, and group projects and presentations. Participants gain fluency in the language of economics and an understanding of how to apply strategic economic analysis tools to conservation projects.
Decision-Makers short courses are 5-6 day workshops designed to introduce decision makers and policy makers to the main topics of environmental economics in order to gain an overall understanding of what environmental economics can bring to conservation. Topics include an introduction to microeconomics, natural resource economics, valuation, environmental policy-making and cost-benefit analysis.
Research courses are intensive 5-7 day training courses designed for economics researchers. The course is focused on a specific environmental economics topics such as cost-benefit analysis or environmental valuation techniques. Participants learn how to design and implement environmental economics research projects, including survey design, financial and economic modeling, sensitivity and risk analysis, and statistical regression techniques. Topics are taught through lecture, fieldwork, and hands-on analysis of case study data.
Negotiation courses are 5-7 day workshops designed for conservation advocates to prepare them for environmental negotiations with governments and private companies to give them greater influence on policy making. The course uses hands-on and experiential case studies following the interests-based model of the Harvard Project on Negotiation.