Conservation Lands' Economic Value

Conservation Lands' Economic Value

Cela Tega 2011

To identify and discuss the Economic Benefits of Conservation Lands in the Estero Bay Watershed

Cela Tega 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Student Union Ballroom
Florida Gulf Coast University

Cela Tega is the southwest Florida native (i.e.: Calusa) term for "A view from high ground." We used it here to symbolize "overview." The term was inspired from the Carib Native North American term epopopanana meaning:

this is Meeting (Epopo) + And (ana) + Place (pa) which in Carib syntax is Epopopanana


Time: 8:00 - 8:25


Time: 8:25

Welcome by Provost Ron Toll

Time: 8:30 - 9:15

Richard WeiskoffRichard Weiskoff, Ph.D.
University of Miami, Department of International Studies

Overview of Calculating Economic Values of Conservation Lands
Sponsored by the Southwest Florida Coastal Watersheds New Florida 2010 Cluster Grant

An Economic Look at Lee County and Estero Bay Basin Conservation Lands: Acreage, Jobs, Value


Time: 9:25 - 9:40

Dennis GilkeyDennis Gilkey, CEO and Managing Principal
Gilkey Organization

Economic Benefits of Conservation Lands to Real Estate Values


Time: 9:45 - 10:05

Bill HammondBill Hammond
Natural Context

What are Natural Systems Worth

  • What is the VALUE of Nature's Infrastructure?
  • What are the VALUES of Nature's SERVICES?
  • Bill Hammond


Time: 10:05 - 10:30

Working Break

Sharing values of greatest importance to participants

Time: 10:35 - 10:50
Time: 10:55 - 11:10

Tamara PigottTamara Pigott, Executive Director
Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau

The Critical Link Between Conservation Land & Tourism: Using Nature As An Economic Engine


Time: 11:15 - 11:30

Chuck Adams and Berry StauglerChuck Adams, Marine Economics Specialist
Betty Staugler, Marine Extension Agent

Florida Sea Grant, UF

Marine Recreational and Commercial Industries and Activities in Lee and Charlotee Counties: Economic Consequences and Impacts


Time: 11:30 - 12:30


Sponsored By:
ECO-Action, a registered student organization at FGCU

Time: 12:30 - 1:30

Chris JoyceChris Joyce
Science Correspondent for NPR

Explaining conservation to the rest of us; or, "Excuse me, what's Ecosystem Services?"

Time: 1:30 - 1:45

Tanya Borisova, Ph.D. and Laila Recevskis, Food & Resource Economics, UF and,

Ed Hanlon, Ph.D. Soil and Water Science, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist,

Water Economics and Policy,
Food and Resources Economics Department

Economic Value of Ecosystem Services Provided by Agricultural Lands


Time: 1:50 - 2:05

Jim BeeverJim Beever, Principal Planner
Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

Some Estimates of Economic Values of Ecosystem Services Provided by Natural Habitats Found on Conservations Lands of Southwest Florida


Time: 2:10 - 2:25

Jennifer HeckerJennifer Hecker, Director of Natural Resource Policy
Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Economic Benefit of Land Conservation in Protecting Water Resources


Time: 2:30 - 3:00

Afternoon Break

Time: 3:00 - 3:15

Karen Bickford
Lee County Department of Natural Resources

Cela Tega - Achieving Water Quality Goals through Natural Systems


Time: 3:20 - 3:35
Time: 3:40 - 3:55

Kirk BeckKirk Beck
Beck & Company LLC

Using Regulatory Currency to Purchase Conservation Lands

Time: 4:00 - 4 :20

Time: 4:25 - 5 :00

Summary and roundtable

Applications of Conservation Lands Economic Benefits for Policy Maker


ECO-Action, a registered student organization at FGCU 

Eco-Action Dedicated to Improving Local Ecosystems

Southwest Florida Coastal Watersheds New Florida 2010 Cluster Grant

Estero Bay Agency on Bay Management


Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program


Florida Gulf Coast University


Center for Environmental & Sustainability Education


Happehatchee Center


Responsible Growth Management Coalition Inc

League of Women Voters of Lee County

Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council Logo


FGCU College of Arts & Sciences

FGCU Journalism Program

FGCU Honors Program


The Economics of Estuaries - including the report Jobs and Dollars: Big Returns from Coastal Habitat Restoration (by Restore America's Estuaries)

A landmark report released September 14, 2011, shows that coasts and estuaries are not only essential to the nation's economy, but that investments in coastal habitat restoration produce jobs in a cash-strapped, job-starved economy at a higher rate than many other sectors, including oil and gas, road infrastructure, and green building retrofit projects.