Creating thriving environments
Managing our land for the best environmental and societal outcomes involves the successful integration of economics, governance, society and culture.
Scion’s Economics, Governance, Society and Culture team focuses on predicting environmental, social and economic outcomes at local, regional and national scale. The team integrates:
Environmental economics concentrates on the financial impact of environmental policies. This incorporates accounting for ecosystem costs and benefits that do not have a market value and are not included in current market models.
- Scion’s work valuing the forest ecosystem.
- The Forest investment Framework developed by Scion that combines the costs and benefits of forestry with the values of ecosystem services to describe the broader benefits of forests.
- Looking at the risk and uncertainty of different native forest options.
- How erosion can be combatted with strategic tree planting.
- The value New Zealanders place on being able to see native birds in planted forests.
Social sciences examine the relationships among individuals and within a society.
Governance focuses on developing frameworks and tools based on collected knowledge (eco, social, cultural and their market and non-market values) to enable involved parties to make decisions.
Adaptive governance is one way to tackle complicated environmental problems.
Carbon accounting to accurately account for carbon sequestered by trees, soil, etc.
Climate change mitigation and adaptation
Climate change mitigation and adaptation are needed in response to climate change risks and to meet internationally binding targets for emissions reduction.
Culture and Kaupapa Māori
Connecting with a Māori worldview and using mātauranga Māori and the different perspectives of knowledge and knowing that brings, are an essential part of the way the team works with industry, government, business and range of communities across New Zealand and internationally.
Connecting with a Māori worldview and using mātauranga Māori and the different perspectives of knowledge and knowing that brings are an essential part of the way the team works with industry, government, business and range of communities across New Zealand and internationally.
Alan Jones, Research Leader, Enabling Environments