IEEP’s Mia Pantzar attended the 10th edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative in Monte Carlo last week to discuss the next steps for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and ecosystem services in the blue economy.
Senior Policy Analyst
- Ecological Economics,
- Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES),
- socio-economic benefits of Marine Protected Areas,
- wetlands and good water management and related environmental policies,
- Ecosystem Accounting
Daniela joined IEEP in April 2012 and is based in IEEP’s London office. She deals with a wide range of topics related to Environmental and Ecological Economics, including Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES), Ecosystem Accounting, the socio-economic benefits provided by Marine Protected Areas, wetlands and good water management and the related environmental policies. She graduated in Environmental Economics at the University of Siena, Italy, and obtained a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences/Ecological Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2007, with a thesis on integrated assessment of energy policies. She published various peer-reviewed papers in international journals and led or contributed to a number of books, reports and conference proceedings.
IEEP has developed a bottom-up, multicriteria methodology to assess costs and benefits of EU water policy, which has been applied in eight river basin districts across the EU. A similar methodology could support progress towards a number of EU, national and international policy objectives at the river basin and local level, including the achievement of SDGs.
New report on the implementation of the EU water policy shows a positive trend, but more effort is needed to meet the objectives.
Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an important policy tool for protecting vulnerable marine and coastal species and habitats.
By supporting the resilience of ecosystems, MPAs may also maintain and generate goods and services that can benefit different sectors in the “blue” European economy. However, MPAs are often seen as primarily imposing restrictions and costs on economic activities, creating aversion toward their establishment and protection.
A newly published study for the European Commission by IEEP and partners investigates civil society’s role in improving the effectiveness of environmental taxes to reduce pollution and better manage natural resources.