I am working to assemble on behalf of the South Atlantic LCC a workshop to delve into how socioeconomic ideas, concepts, and science can further the mission of the LCC. I have been thinking of some big-picture questions to guide an agenda for the workshop, but will be working with a small committee to refine them and develop an agenda for the workshop, which will take place in spring of 2013. If you would like to be a part of the workshop development, please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put in the subject line “interest in socioeconomics workshop”. Since socioeconomics is such an all encompassing topic that could include anything from ecosystem services to economic development, below are some of the big-picture questions I’ll be working to refine to guide the workshop. Hopefully that will give you an idea of what the focus is and if it’s something you are interested in helping to develop or attend.
1. What are the market forces or outside interests that can be tapped into to further conservation of natural and cultural resources
2. How can those forces or outside interests be beneficial
3. What has the most potential to have the biggest benefit?
4. Where is the “low hanging fruit” and what is needed to take advantage of it?
5. What are the economic motivations or forces behind putting conservation on the ground?