Prof. Anil Markandya, Director of BC3. Worked in the field of resource and environmental economics for over thirty years and is acknowledged as one of the authorities in this area. He was a key investigator with the United Nations Environment Programme Mediterranean Action Plan Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC) since 2000. He worked with Dr. Nunes on Ecosystem services in marine systems and the Venice Lagoon in particular. While at the World Bank from 2000 to 2005 Professor Markandya was lead economist for environmental issues in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and managed some of the programmes for the Black Sea. In 2010, he was nominated as a Lead Author for the 5th IPCC Assessment, starting in 2011 and he contributed to the TEEB Report on the Economics of Biodiversity.

Dr. Paulo A.L.D. Nunes, who is joining BC3 as of 2011 has a number of publications which reflect his work in marine systems. He has been working in the field of biodiversity economics and valuation of the environmental resources since the mid 90s. His Ph.D. on Economics of the Environment was awarded by the Katholieke Universitat Leuven in 1999. From 2007 to 2010 Nunes was the head of the division ‘Economics of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM). He was also senior researcher at the Center for Environmental Economics and Management Department of Economics, University of Venice. His main lines of research are environmental and resource economics; social cost-benefit analysis; economic valuation methodologies of non-market goods. His most recent book is Bioeconomic Modelling, Valuation and Stakeholder Analysis for Sustainable Management of Exploited Marine Ecosystems.

Dr. Chiabai, Co-author of some of the work with Dr. Nunes. She has been working for several years in the fields of biodiversity valuation and impacts on ecosystem services. She is currently leading a project about the impact of climate change on biodiversity loss in Central America and she has been part of several EU projects focusing on the costs of policy inaction, economics of biodiversity loss, and impacts of climate change on ecosystem services in Europe. Dr Chiabai and Dr Galarraga have worked on coastal zones and marine issues in relation to climate change.

Dr. Galarraga,
leading a major Study on climate change and the coastal ecosystems in the Basque Country. A version has been submitted to the government and is pending publication.