Edward Barbier

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Edward B. Barbier is a Professor in the Department of Economics, Colorado State University and a Senior Scholar in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. His main expertise is natural resource and development economics as well as the interface between economics and ecology. He has consulted for a variety of national, international and non-governmental agencies, including many UN organizations, the World Bank and the OECD. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, written or edited 23 books, and published in popular journals. Barbier is a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and is consistently ranked among the top cited environmental economists globally. Google Scholar lists him as currently having over 47,000 citations, including over 18,000 since 2013.

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Environmental and resource economics; natural resources and development; economics of ecosystem services and biodiversity
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How to pay for saving global biodiversity
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Barbier, E.B., J.C. Burgess and T.J. Dean. 2018. “How to pay for saving biodiversity.” Science 360 (6388): 486-488. DOI: 10.1126/science.aar3454

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Our article supports current efforts at the CBD to extend the Aichi biodiversity targets to the 50% conservation goal, and also for the COP to develop a new biodiversity pact along the lines of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. However, we go further and suggest that the new agreement also consider developing a formal mechanism to allow corporations and other non-state actors with a stake in biodiversity conservation to participate in any agreement established by the COP. We consider private sector involvement especially important for closing the chronic funding gap for financial and technical assistance for developing countries.