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Special Issue "Natural Resources Economics"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Rosa Duarte

Department of Economic Analysis, Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, Universidad de Zaragoza, Gran Vía 2, 50005 Zaragoza, Spain
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Interests: economics of natural resources; multisectoral modeling; structural change; growth and environmental issues; water economics; microeconometrics
Guest Editor
Prof. Vicente Pinilla

Department of Applied Economics and Economic History, Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, Universidad de Zaragoza, Gran Via 2, 50005 Zaragoza, Spain
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Interests: economic history; agricultural history; environmental history; wine economics; international agricultural trade; water economics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Economic growth has profoundly modified the relationships among societies, economies, and natural resources. On the one hand, natural resources are a fundamental determinant of economic development and ‘natural capital’ is crucial for the sound performance of the systems of production, consumption, investment, savings, and welfare. However, increasing economic dependence on natural resource exploitation appears to be an obstacle to growth and development in certain low- and middle-income countries across the world. On the other hand, economic growth has generated severe impacts on the environment. There is an abundance of literature addressing these impacts from a long-term perspective: Climatic change, energy transition, water scarcity, atmospheric emissions, forest resource depletion, biodiversity loss, ecological biomass flows, and materials use. Today, the dependence of growth on natural resources and the impact that certain patterns of economic growth have on the environment have become crucial, also having strong implications in terms of social and intergenerational inequality. As a consequence, the road to sustainable development demands, more than ever, multidisciplinary research and discussion on these complex relationships, so that the socioeconomic and environmental challenges may be faced.

Within this context, this Special Issue aims to take an in-depth look at the interactions between economic systems and the environment, from a broad perspective. Theoretical and empirical contributions highlighting both the potential of natural resources for economic growth and their risks, as well as the implications of development for the health of the environment (land, water, air, materials, etc.) are welcome. This Special Issue seeks to provide evidence of the potential relationships that can be found on different temporal, spatial and institutional scales. In this regard, we are interested in a wide range of visions and methodologies: Historical perspectives, theoretical discussions, micro and macro approaches, international and regional comparisons, case studies, multiregional and multisectoral approaches and scenario analysis, among others.

Dr. Rosa Duarte
Prof. Vicente Pinilla
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

 

Keywords

  • Natural Capital
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Ecological Economics
  • Resource Curse
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Environmental Footprints
  • Environmental Inequality

Published Papers (2 papers)

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Open AccessArticle Natural Resource Economics, Planetary Boundaries and Strong Sustainability
Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1858; doi:10.3390/su9101858
Received: 29 September 2017 / Revised: 13 October 2017 / Accepted: 15 October 2017 / Published: 17 October 2017
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Earth systems science maintains that there are nine “planetary boundaries” that demarcate a sustainable, safe operating space for humankind for essential global sinks and resources. Respecting these planetary boundaries represents the “strong sustainability” perspective in economics, which argues that some natural capital may
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Earth systems science maintains that there are nine “planetary boundaries” that demarcate a sustainable, safe operating space for humankind for essential global sinks and resources. Respecting these planetary boundaries represents the “strong sustainability” perspective in economics, which argues that some natural capital may not be substituted and are inviolate. In addition, the safe operating space defined by these boundaries can be considered a depletable stock. We show that standard tools of natural resource economics for an exhaustible resource can thus be applied, which has implications for optimal use, price paths, technological innovation, and stock externalities. These consequences in turn affect the choice of policies that may be adopted to manage and allocate the safe operating space available for humankind. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Assessing Tourists’ Preferences for Recreational Trips in National and Natural Parks as a Premise for Long-Term Sustainable Management Plans
Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1596; doi:10.3390/su9091596
Received: 18 July 2017 / Revised: 11 August 2017 / Accepted: 1 September 2017 / Published: 7 September 2017
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Sustainable tourism management plans rely on relevant and consistent information about factors that can influence the decision to visit a protected area. This paper uses the choice experiment method to investigate tourists’ preferences with regard to recreational trip characteristics in national and natural
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Sustainable tourism management plans rely on relevant and consistent information about factors that can influence the decision to visit a protected area. This paper uses the choice experiment method to investigate tourists’ preferences with regard to recreational trip characteristics in national and natural parks in Romania. An on-site survey questionnaire was administered to visitors. The multinomial logit model was employed to investigate the preference orderings of the identified groups of recreational users. Overall, results indicate that tourists gain benefits after visiting the parks. Main preference differences were found for information sources and location of campsites. Visitors who stated that the park was the main trip destination were willing to have access to more information sources, the marks on trails being insufficient. Camping is preferred only in organized places, expressing the concern for environmental protection. The results of this study have management implications, highlighting the importance of assessing tourists’ preferences as a foundation for developing sustainable tourism strategies. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Natural-Resource Intensive Economies and Economic Growth. Natural Capital in a Peripheral Economy in the Long Run (1870–2015)
Author: Silvana Sandonato and Henry Willebald
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Recently, the academic and policy debate has incorporated more intensively, from the fields of Economics and Economic History, the consideration of natural resources to explain economic development. Our paper is a contribution in this line of research that combines a long run perspective (1870-2015) with the study of a peripheral case of the world economy (Uruguay). The purpose is to build historical series of natural capital, as an indicator of the level of utilization of natural resources and contrast their level and trend with different indicators associated with economic development, such as GDP, wages, inequality, health, education and HDI.
Keywords: natural capital, economic growth, Uruguay

Title: The Biophysical Bases of Agricultural Industrialization: The Transformations of Spanish Agriculture from 1900 to Nowadays
Author: Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Roberto García Ruiz, Gloria Guzmán Casado
Abstract: Industrialization of agriculture is usually considered a positive process. Productive intensification and diversification have been the main driving forces. Nevertheless, the success has had serious counterparts. This paper explores in biophysical terms what happened with Spanish agriculture since the beginning of the 20th century. The results show that, in fact, the intensification has been made possible by the substitution of internal loops of agroecosystems for external inputs from non-renewable sources. The intensive use of these inputs has also caused significant environmental impacts and a considerable loss of energy efficiency that has deteriorated the fund elements of agroecosystems.

Title: Rural Tourism, an Economic Sector Based on Natural and Cultural Resources. A Case Study Research
Authors: Victoria Sanagustín-Fons, Teresa Lafita Cortés and José Antonio Moseñe Fierro
Abstract: Rural Tourism is based on natural and cultural resources of the territory, that makes it unique, being people the main active actors, rural areas have been characterised by depopulation, poverty and demotivation; the main objective of this paper is to know tourism evolution in the region of Cinco Villas (Aragon, Spain) analysing its socioeconomic effects in the territory, the extend of them and the actions and projects developed from the private and public sector. Theoretical approach is based on concepts such as sustainable local endogenous development, its relation to territory and to rural tourism. The method chosen has been the case study research with combination of different qualitative and quantitative instruments: documentary analysis on secondary data and for primary data: semi-structured interviews and participatory observation in focus groups.

Title: Natural Resources Curse in the long run? Bolivia, Chile and Peru in the Nordic countries’ mirror
Authors: Cristián Ducoing and José Peres Cajías
Abstract: Were there extreme differences between Latin American and Nordic countries in the 19th century? Several economic indicators suggest the right answer is no. In the year 1850, the GDP per capita ratio between, for example, Bolivia and Sweden was 0.7; in 2010 this ratio had widened to 0.12. How these extremely high differences are possible between countries with similarly enormous natural resources endowments? The aim of this article is to compare public policies and economic indicators related with Natural Resources (NNRR) management in three Latin American countries (Bolivia, Chile and Peru) and two Nordic countries (Norway and Sweden) in a long-term perspective. The article analyses the following components of economic development: i) the composition of exports throughout time; ii) economic linkages between the export sector and the rest of the economy; iii) the composition of taxes; iv) human capital formation and the accumulation of knowledge. The comparison suggests new areas on the determinants of successful management of natural resources and the countries' ability to escape from the so-called resource curse.
Keyword: Natural resources; resource curse; economic development; Latin America; Scandinavia; public policies; linkages; taxation; human capital

Title: The role of bio-economy sectors and natural resources in EU economies: A Social Accounting Matrix based analysis approach
Authors: Patricia D. Fuentes Saguar 1, Alfredo J. Mainar Causapé 2,* and Emanuele Ferrari 2
Affiliations: 1. Department of Economics. University Pablo de Olavide. e-mail:
2. Joint Research Centre - European Commission; (A.J.M.C.); (E.F.)
Abstract: The bio-based economy will be crucial in achieving a sustainable development, covering all range of natural resources. In this sense it is very relevant to analyse the economic links between bio economy sectors and the rest of the economy, determining their total and decomposed impact on economic growth. One of the major problems to carry out this analysis is the lack of information and of complete databases that allow the analysis of the bio-economy and its effects on other economic activities. In order to overcome this issue, highly bio-based sectors disaggregated Social Accounting Matrices has been obtained for the 28 European Union Member States. Using this complex database, a linear multiplier analysis shows the future key role of bio-based sectors in boosting economic development in the EU.
Keywords: Bio-economy; Social Accounting Matrices; Linear models

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