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

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.

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Governance

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. A toolkit for adaptive governance.

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Carbon accounting

Carbon accounting to accurately account for carbon sequestered by trees, soil, etc.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Contact

Alan Jones, Research Leader, Enabling Environments