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Environmental Studies Lecture Series: Thomas Elmqvist

6:00 p.m.

 The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project highlighted the need for valuation of natural capital and to include such values into national accounting. Thomas Elmqvist will present recent studies on benefits of ecological restoration in 9 different biomes which demonstrates that when the full range of benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services are taken into account, most restoration projects provide net benefits and should be considered not only as ‘profitable’  but indeed as high-yielding investments. He also will present the results of an analysis of economic benefits and costs of restoration of urban ecosystems. The analyses show that benefit-cost ratios of urban ecosystem restoration are, despite high costs and contested land use, due to high benefits comparable to estimated ratios in more rural woodlands and grasslands. 

Thomas Elmqvist, PhD, is a professor in Natural Resource Management at Stockholm University. His research is focused on ecosystem services, land use change, natural disturbances and components of resilience including the role of social institutions. He is coordinating a major interdisciplinary research themes as part of the Stockholm Resilience Centre ( at Stockholm University, focusing on governance and management of ecosystem services in urban landscapes, involving 12 cities around the world. He is a co-chair of the Science Committee bioSustainability, as part of Diversitas ( and participate in the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity project ( and currently spending a sabbatical at Cornell University.

Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, room 510

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served