Gregory Valatin, MA, MPhil, PhD

Senior Economist

Gregory Valatin

Email: gregory.valatin@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5600 
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5699 
Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

Address:
Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Farnham
Surrey GU10 4LH
UK

Gregory Valatin on ResearchGate

Gregory Valatin has over 20 years’ experience in environmental economics and holds degrees from Edinburgh University and the University of Siena. He has authored reports commissioned by a range of national and international bodies – including the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Forestry Institute, Defra and the Scottish Office.

Current role

Senior Economist

Gregory Valatin leads economic research at Forest Research. His research interests include forestry and climate change economics and cost-effectiveness analysis, payments for ecosystem services, behavioural economics and policy nudges. He was lead author of the woodlands and economics chapters of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, and the main author of the supporting analysis on valuing the ecosystem services of woodlands. He initiated a proposal for a new COST Action (‘PESFOR-W’) aimed at improving Europe’s capacity to use Payments for Ecosystem Services to achieve water policy objectives through incentives for planting woodlands to reduce agricultural diffuse pollution to watercourses. The topic has generated wide interest and, as at Feb 2017, it has participants from 36 countries, and interest of several international organisations.

Current projects

PESFOR-W COST Action
Chair
Gregory Valatin leads this 4-year COST Action that runs from 2016-2020, including chairing meetings.

Programme 4
Work Package and Work Areas leader
Gregory Valatin leads WP1 on Valuing Ecosystem Services and Benefits, and Work Areas 1.2 on Biophysical Ecosystem Services and 3.2 on Cost-benefit analysis of forestry options, organising/participating in meetings and reporting on progress.

LWEC Phytothreats project
Work Area leader
Gregory Valatin leads Work Areas 2.2 on cost-benefit analysis of nursery accreditation options

Other affiliations and responsibilities


Main recent publications and knowledge exchange activities

Peer reviewed papers

Kant, S., Deegan, P., Hostettler, M., Wang, S., Xu, J. and Valatin, G.  2016. New frontiers of forest economics: Forest economics beyond the perfectly competitive commodity markets, Forest Policy and Economics, 72, 1-6

Valatin, G., Moseley, D. and Dandy, N. 2016. Insights from behavioural economics for forest economics and environmental policy: Potential nudges to encourage woodland creation for climate change mitigation and adaptation? Forest Policy and Economics, 72, 27–36

Valatin. G. (2012). Additionality and climate change mitigation by the UK forest sector (PDF-773K). Forestry (2012) 85 (4): 445-462. doi: 10.1093/forestry/cps056.

Kant, S., Deegan, P., Hostettler, M., von Detten, R., Howard, T., Laband, D., Montgomery, C., Robert, N., Sekot, W., Valatin, G.  and Zhang, D. 2013. New frontiers of forest economics, Forest Policy and Economics, 35, 1-8

Valatin, G. (2014). Carbon valuation in forestry and prospects for European harmonisation, Technical Report 97, European Forestry Institute.

Books and book chapters

Valatin, G. 2014. Additionality of climate change mitigation activities. In: Fenning, T. (ed). Challenges and Opportunities for the World’s Forests in the 21st Century, Springer, 341-373.

Valatin, G. and Price, C. (2014). How cost-effective is forestry for climate change mitigation? In: Fenning, T. (ed). Challenges and Opportunities for the World’s Forests in the 21st Century, Springer, 297-339.

Bateman, I., Abson, D., Beaumont, N. Darnell, A., Fezzi, C., Hanley, N., Kontoleon, A., Maddison, D., Morling, P., Morris, J., Mourato, S., Pascual, U., Perino, G., Sen, A., Tinch, D., Turner, K., and Valatin, G. (2011). UK Economic Values from Ecosystems, chapter 22 of UK National Ecosystem Assessment, UNEP-WCMC/Defra, London.

Quine, C., Cahalan, C., Hester, A., Humphrey, J., Kirby, K., Moffat, A. and Valatin, G. (2011). Woodlands, chapter 8 of UK National Ecosystem Assessment, UNEP-WCMC/Defra, London.

Ciccarese, L., Elsasser, P., Horattas, A., Pettenella, D. and Valatin, G. (2011). Innovative market opportunities related to carbon sequestration in European forests?, Chapter 9 of Weiss, G. et al (eds) Innovation in Forestry, CABI, Wallingford.

FC and FR publications

Barsoum, N., Gill, R., Henderson, L . Peace, A., Quine, C., Saraev, V. and Valatin, G. 2016. Biodiversity and rotation length: economic models and ecological evidence Research Note FCRN022, Forestry Commission

Moseley, D., Dandy, N., Edwards, D. and Valatin, G. (2014). Behavioural policy ‘nudges’ to encourage woodland creation for climate change mitigation, Research Report, Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Moseley, D. and Valatin, G. (2013). Insights from behavioural economics for ecosystem services valuation and sustainability, Research Report, Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Valatin, G. (2012). Marginal Abatement Cost Curves for UK Forestry, Research Report 19, Forestry Commission, Edinburgh. (MANFORC).

Valatin, G. (2011). Forests and carbon: a review of additionality (PDF-559K).  Research Report 13, Forestry Commission, Edinburgh, 2011.

Valatin, G. (2011). Forests and carbon: valuation, discounting and risk management (PDF-1168K). Research Report 12, Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Contract and project reports

Nisbet, T., Roe, P., Marrington, S., Thomas, H., Broadmeadow, S. and Valatin, G. 2015. Slowing the Flow at Pickering, Final Report to Defra of FCERM Multi-objective Flood Management Demonstration Project RMP5455: Phase II

Ambrose-Oji, B., Valatin, G., Stewart, A., Sarajevs, V. and Handley, P. (2012). Evaluation of the Better Woodlands for Wales Grant Scheme. Report to Forestry Commission Wales, Forest Research, Edinburgh.

Nisbet, T., Marrington, S., Thomas, H., Broadmeadow, S. and Valatin, G. (2011). Slowing the Flow at Pickering. Final Report to Defra of FCERM Multi-objective Flood Management Demonstration Project RMP5455.

Valatin, G. and Starling, J. (2011). Valuation of ecosystem services provided by UK Woodlands, appendix to chapter 22 of UK National Ecosystem Assessment, UNEP-WCMC/Defra, London.

Hutchings, T., et al 2010. Benefits of Green Infrastructure. Report to Defra and CLG. Forest Research. Farnham

Valatin, G. (n.d.) Cost-effectiveness of Agroforestry options for NH3 Abatement as Climate Change Mitigation measure. Section 5.2 in Bealey, W., Braban, C., Theobald, M., Famulari, D., Tang, Y., Wheat, A., Grigorova, E., Leeson, S., Twigg, M., Dragosits, U., Dore, A., Sutton, M., Nemitz, E., Loubet, B., Robertson, A., Quinn, A., Williams, A., Sandars, D., Valatin, G., Perks, M., and Watterson D..  Agroforestry Systems for Ammonia Abatement. Report AC0201 for Defra, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh.

Presentations

Valatin, G. 2017. Woodlands & the Carbon-Water Policy Nexus: A UK perspective. Invited seminar, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, 12th January.

Valatin, G. 2016. Behavioural Policy Nudges to encourage woodland creation for Climate Change Mitigation in the UK. Invited presentation, Vth Forest Ecosystem Services Forum, Wellington, New Zealand, 24th May.

Valatin, G., Moseley, D. and Dandy, N. 2015. Insights from Behavioural Economics for forest economics: potential policy nudges to encourage woodland creation for climate change mitigation and adaptation? IUFRO workshop on New Frontiers of Forest Economics, Peking University, Beijing, China, August 17th-23rd.

Valatin, G. 2015. The ‘Slowing the Flow’ project: flood risk reduction & ecosystem services of upland forests. Invited presentation, SENSFOR COST Action, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Oct 9th.

Bedru, B. and Valatin, G. 2014. Green accounting as an alternative measure to GDP – international experiences and challenges ahead. ESCOM Scotland Conference, 1st May.

Moseley, D., Nijnik, M., Miller, D., Valatin, G., Edwards, D. and Nijnik, A. 2014. How people make decisions and value ecosystem services: tools to develop and direct policy for woodland expansion. ESCOM Scotland Conference, 1st May.

Nijnik, M., Edwards, D. and Valatin, G. 2014. Exploring climate regulatory forest services from a social science perspective. ESCOM Scotland Conference, 1st May.

Valatin, G. 2014. Insights from Behavioural Economics for Global Sustainability. A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES) Conference, Washington DC, USA, Dec.

Valatin, G. 2013. Incentives for Climate Change Mitigation by the Forest Sector: A UK perspective. Low Carbon Summit, Xi’an, China, https://vimeo.com/77774460, Sept.

Valatin, G. 2012. Discussion of ‘ECOSEL’ paper  (Multi-Objective Optimization to Sell Forest Ecosystem Services). IUFRO workshop on New Frontiers of Forest Economics, Zurich, Switzerland, June.

Valatin, G. 2012. Woodland carbon & Incentives for Climate Change Mitigation by the UK Forest Sector. Invited presentation, EFI workshop, Nancy, France, May.

Valatin, G. 2011. Carbon Sequestration, Ecosystem Services & Incentives for Climate Change Mitigation by the UK Forest Sector. Ecosystem Services Partnership, Wageningen, the Netherlands, Oct.

Valatin, G. 2010. Ecosystem Services & PES schemes. Invited presentation, Institute of Chartered Foresters, Regional meeting, Staffordshire, 10th Nov.

Posters

Saraev, V., Peace, A. Valatin, G. and Quine, C. 2017. Biodiversity and stand age: modelling an ecosystem service impact on optimal rotation length, ENVECON conference, Royal Society, London, 3rd March.

Valatin, G. 2013. Cost-effectiveness of forestry for climate change mitigation, CONFOR Annual Conference, Glasgow, April.

Valatin, G. 2013. Payments for Ecosystem Services, CONFOR Annual Conference, Glasgow, April.

Web pages

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/INFD-5XNKRC

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/INFD-7WUHPW

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/INFD-7WTDFQ

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http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/pesforw