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Group Leader - Economics and Future Pathways
Dr Whitten is an environmental and institutional economist with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences. His particular specialisation is the design and delivery markets for ecosystem services including auctions and tenders, biodiversity offsets and cap and trade approaches. He has worked on the design and implementation of environmental markets for the Australian Government (Reef Tender, Environmental Stewardship Program, Forest Conservation Fund) and for several regional natural resource management groups. At a policy level his economic expertise has supported the national wildlife corridor plan for Australia and the economics of improving water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef.
Dr Whitten's current research focus is on understanding institutions and policy needs to support landscape scale biodiversity and on land management and Great Barrier Reef water quality. He has coordinated several workshops and symposia: including an international workshop on 'Conservation Tenders in Developed and Developing Countries - Status Quo, Challenges and Prospects' with Tobias Wunscher in Germany, and 'Improving water quality into the GBR: From costs to public policy', 'New Horizons in Market Based Instruments’ and ‘Market-based Tools for Environmental Management’; and published widely in a variety of forums.
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