VC's Inaugural Lecture: Professor Edwin Muchapondwa

Vice-Chancellor's Inaugural Lecture Series

Nature resolves economic problems for humans naturally - must humans reciprocate?

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, invites you to the Inaugural Lecture by Professor Edwin Muchapondwa.

Professor Edwin MuchapondwaA founding Director of the Environmental Policy Research Unit and a former Director of the School of Economics, Prof Muchapondwa’s research has focused on economic questions around the interaction between protected areas and adjacent communities. His current research deals with biodiversity conservation; community-based natural resource management; and energy & climate change.

In his lecture, he notes that stakeholders who regulate economies prioritise people-centred objectives such as poverty and inequality reduction. Nature conservation is not considered as being people-centred enough and, as a consequence, not allocated equal priority and sufficient resources. Professor Muchapondwa presents results from economic studies, including his own, demonstrating the economic arguments for nature conservation. He shares examples from different scientific methods ranging from bioeconomic models, impact evaluation, contingent behaviour models, choice experiments, to framed field experiments. He concludes that, whichever way you look at it – economic or otherwise, empirical evidence exhort greater protection of nature as its integrity correlates with improvements in human welfare. He suggests strategies which may further enhance nature conservation.

Date: Wednesday, 9 October 2019
Time: 17:30
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2, Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus, University of Cape Town