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Environments 2016, 3(3), 19;

Green Economy Modelling of Ecosystem Services along the “Road to Dawei”

KnowlEdge Srl, Olgiate Olona 21057, Italy
Luc Hoffmann Institute, Gland 1196, Switzerland
WWF-Myanmar, Yangon 11191, Myanmar
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Academic Editor: Yu-Pin Lin
Received: 9 February 2016 / Revised: 8 July 2016 / Accepted: 14 July 2016 / Published: 20 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Land Use Change in the Changing Environment)
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This review of the study “Road to Dawei”, conducted by WWF Greater Mekong, seeks to assess economic, social and environmental impacts of road construction between Kanchanaburi, Thailand and Dawei, Myanmar. It also aims to identify relevant Green Economy policy interventions that would enhance the sustainable use and conservation of natural capital, which is considered to be a foundation for sustainable and inclusive economic development. In particular, the study concentrates on the identification of feedback loops, delays and nonlinearity in order to properly map the socio-economic and environmental system analysed and inform decision making. Results are presented for three different scenarios both for Myanmar and for Thailand. Simulation results show that a conventional approach to road construction is likely to have positive economic impacts in the region, especially in the short term, but also negative consequences for the integrity of the ecosystem, which in turn might also negatively impact on the investment itself and its economic outcomes in the medium and longer term. Further, results indicate that green economy interventions would mitigate environmental risks by creating synergies across sectors, systemically. View Full-Text
Keywords: green growth; system dynamics; integrated modelling; sustainable landscape; infrastructure green growth; system dynamics; integrated modelling; sustainable landscape; infrastructure

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Bassi, A.M.; Gallagher, L.A.; Helsingen, H. Green Economy Modelling of Ecosystem Services along the “Road to Dawei”. Environments 2016, 3, 19.

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