Technical Reports

Technical reports include studies that are either too academic and/or technical for wider circulation.  It also includes research work that are based on short-term inquiries on specific topics (e.g. case studies) and those that are already published as part of EEPSEA special publications (e.g. books).

This study was conducted to evaluate the current management regime of burning vis a vis burning with carbon offsets for the Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (CHNM) in Bohol, Philippines. The current scheme of burning to maintain the grass-covered (tree-less) and brown hills and sustain tourist arrivals is seen as environmentally…
Glover (1993) and Bromley (1999) raised the issue of how science feeds public policy. They discussed views on how research contributes to policy making and how public policy is enriched by research.  Glover reviewed the literature on the topic. He summarized their principal points and discussed how economics research improves…
Forest cover in Viet Nam decreased by more than 35% since the 1950s. As much as 75% of the forest cover has been removed in some northern areas.  Despite government sponsored reforestation programs, deforestation continues, especially when property rights to the forest are not secure and where the inhabitants are…
This paper analyzes a sample of ten articles from the environmental economics literature that are particularly good in drawing policy recommendations or policy implications from empirical data. Each article is summarized in terms of structure and content, and the things that make it particularly effective are discussed. The paper concludes…
This paper provides the latest research developments in the method of choice experiments applied to valuation of non-market goods. Choice experiments, along with the, by now, well-known contingent valuation method, are very important tools for valuing non-market goods and the results are used in both cost-benefit analyses and litigations related…
Climate risk events cause much devastation to human life. Ironically, climate risk events are, to a large extent, brought about by human activity. The major direct impacts of human activity include drainage of coastal wetlands, deforestation and reclamation, and discharge of sewage, fertilizers, and contaminants into coastal waters. (Nichols,R.J., 2007).…
The government of Cambodia has implemented several new policy instruments established under the 2001 Land Law, especially Social Land Concessions (distribution of state private lands to the poor) and Economic Land Concessions (long-term contracts for plantation-type developments on state private lands). The latter relates especially to forest-covered areas of the…
Our earlier study (Palanca-Tan and Bautista 2003) looked into groundwater depletion in Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) and the viability of collecting a raw groundwater fee to control the excessive abstraction of groundwater and to generate revenues to finance watershed preservation activities. This current study is an action research project…
Using a unique data set collected from three municipal environmental protection bureaus in China, we investigated the determinants of effective environmental regulations. The effective (actual) environmental regulations were measured by the actual pollution standard imposed on firms, the frequency of inspections done, and the actual pollution levy rates imposed on…
The study surveyed rice farmers in two areas with the assumptions of the same natural condition and social characteristics. One is considered as the polluted area near and directly receiving waste-water from the industrial parks, while the other is assumed to be the non-polluted area far from and having no…
Sea level rise (SLR) and its related events cause serious threat to coastal areas. The threat of SLR may be in terms of loss of land, increased salinization, damage to structures and buildings, reduction in agricultural productivity and education, changes in the physical characteristics of tidal rivers, and increased vulnerability…
This study aimed to document the actual experience of the community and households in Ormoc, Leyte and selected municipalities along Cabalian Bay in Southern Leyte to flooding brought about by extreme climatic events and their perception, preparedness, and planned adaptation for the potential threat posed by climate change-induced sea level…
Climate change will have impacts that add to the list of yet-unknown underlying processes. Hazards and vulnerability can change over time not only in intensity, frequency, and in location and duration, but also in importance and interest. This case study aimed at understanding the role of information and local institutions…
Paying developing countries for carbon sequestration is a vital component of climate change mitigation. If appropriately designed, these payments can also transfer income to poor villagers, which can help achieve the goals of long-term sustainability for the carbon sequestration project and of poverty reduction. Using data on reforestation and a survey of village…
The establishment of an ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 has been on the agenda for quite some time. One issue that recently emerged is the climate change issue in which each member of ASEAN needs to respond. The main goal of this study is to analyze the benefits and losses…
A Self-Administered-Contingent Valuation Method (SA-CVM) survey was used to determine the non-use values or willingness to pay (WTP) of San Jose, Antique and Kalibo, Aklan respondents on conserving endangered species and habitats of Northwest Panay Peninsula National Park (NWPPNP). The study examined two payment vehicles as regards their potential for…
The general practice adopted in river development projects is to analyze the technical and economic feasibility of a proposal, given certain conditions. However, the social and environmental impacts are usually limited to the project area, mainly focusing on the people affected by the project. Past experiences have shown that this…
A number of agricultural economics studies have made policy recommendation based on an assumption that farmers are homogenous and make decision to maximise their well-being. However, there is a lack of research around behavioural responses to agri-environmental policy. As such, this study is tailored to employ contemporary interests of economic…
This paper provides information on the sub-national areas (regions/districts/provinces) most vulnerable to climate change impacts in Southeast Asia. This assessment was carried out by overlaying climate hazard maps, sensitivity maps, and adaptive capacity maps following the vulnerability assessment framework of the United Nations’ Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The…
The rice terraces in four municipalities of Ifugao were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995 as the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras under the category of organically evolved landscapes. This category includes landscapes that developed as a result of an initial social, economic, administrative or religious…
Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia