ESR 14:

Country of origin:

Host institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam



Project title: Socio-economic evaluation of the impacts of chemicals on natural capital and ecosystem services

Developing novel methods for socio-economic evaluation of chemical effects on provision of ecosystem services and natural capital.
Quantifying economic damage accounting for distribution of impacts across different stakeholders in time and space.
Testing impact of risk communication formats on public perception and valuation of chemicals and ecosystem services.

Expected results:

Improved economic cost/benefit analysis of chemical impacts on ecosystem services delivery and natural capital to support current and future decision-making related to implementation of REACH, affecting chemical industry and regulatory authorities.
Link with 2004 European Environmental Liability Directive aimed at the prevention and remedying of environmental damage based on the polluter pays principle.
Improved methodological approaches to provide empirical data and information about socio-economic impacts of selected chemicals on ecosystems across the EU to support European policy makers and regulatory agencies.

Place: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Planned secondments:
Consulteco, M15, 2 months, implementation of environmental economics and risk assessment in practice
UWaterloo, M26, 6 months, use of ecosystem service data for socio-economic assessment
Work package: 5 - Risk assessment and socio-economic evaluation of ecological effects

Pieter J.H. van Beukering, VUA
Radka Vokurková, Consulteco
Roy Brouwer, UWaterloo/VUA
Michiel Rutgers, RIVM

Host institution and enrolment: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam