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Environmental compensation using Resource Equivalency Analysis (REA) and Habitat Equivalency Analysis (HEA): is it just for the birds?

determining whether society is better off following resource-based compensation

Cole, Scott (2010). Environmental compensation using Resource Equivalency Analysis (REA) and Habitat Equivalency Analysis (HEA): is it just for the birds? Umeå : Sveriges lantbruksuniv.
ISBN 978-9186197-78-0
[Licentiate thesis]

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Environmental compensation is the provision of natural resources through a restoration project, which is scaled to ensure the public is compensated for the environmental damage. The European Union (EU) recently implemented the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD), requiring that environmental damage be remediated (restored) so that the affected environment returns to (or toward) its baseline condition and the public is compensated for the initial damage and the losses during the time it takes for the environment to recover (interim losses). Equivalency Analysis (EA) represents a method for scaling compensation to offset interim losses. Compensation is a human-centric concept aimed at society's well-being which, among other things, depends upon a flow of environmental services (e.g., biodiversity, nutrient and carbon cycling, provision of recreation, etc). This study considers compensation scaled using a non-monetary (ecologic) metric, as in a Habitat Equivalency Analysis (HEA) or a Resource Equivalency Analysis (REA). Both HEA and REA assume the utility change associated with environmental damage and subsequent restoration is proportional to changes in an ecologic metric (e.g., acres of habitat, number of birds, etc). This study's objective is to examine the social welfare implications of resource-based compensation, with a focus on the distributive impacts across society (intra-generational equity) and between generations (inter-generational equity). Paper I develops an illustrative and hypothetical case study to demonstrate how one might apply EA to the case of bird mortality associated with wind power development. Paper II argues for the use of EA to scale resource-based compensation within the existing Environmental Impact Assessment hierarchy of impacts: avoid-minimize-compensate, with a particular focus on wind power development.

Authors/Creators:Cole, Scott
Title:Environmental compensation using Resource Equivalency Analysis (REA) and Habitat Equivalency Analysis (HEA): is it just for the birds?
Subtitle:determining whether society is better off following resource-based compensation
Year of publishing :2010
Number of Pages:77
Papers/manuscripts:
NumberReferences
ALLPaper I: Cole, Scott (2009). "How much is enough? Determining adequate levels of environmental compensation for wind power impacts using equivalency analysis: An illustrative & hypothetical case study of sea eagle impacts at the Smøla Wind Farm, Norway." Proceedings of the Offshore Wind 2009 Conference. Stockholm. 14 September 2009. Paper II: Cole, Scott (2010). Wind power compensation is not for the birds: An opinion from an environmental economist. Journal of Restoration Ecology. (Article accepted for publication pending revisions).
Place of Publication:Umeå
Publisher:Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-9186197-78-0
Language:English
Publication Type:Licentiate thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:environmental impact assessment, compensation, environmental policies, welfare economics
Keywords:Equivalency Analysis, environmental compensation, welfare economics, environmental liability
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-3071
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-3071
ID Code:2281
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Economics
Deposited By: scott cole
Deposited On:03 May 2010 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:11 Jun 2015 08:27

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