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FGCU Whitaker Center for STEM Education Hosts Conservation Land's Economic Value Conference
10/14/2011

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's Whitaker Center for STEM Education hosts "Cela Tega 2011," a conference to examine the economic benefits of conservation lands in Estero Bay Watershed, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Student Union Ballroom. The conference is free and open to the general public, agency employees, local government staff and elected officials.

Plenary speaker is University of Miami economist Richard Weiskoff. Lunch keynote speaker is NPR Science correspondent Chris Joyce.

Topics include mechanisms to calculate economic values of conservation lands; economic values of conservation lands to real estate values; the global economic value of conservation lands; benefits of undeveloped lands in saving transportation dollars; benefits on tourism, fishing and boating; ecosystem services; benefits on flood insurance rates; economics of water quality; and the economic value of local parks.

To register, go to: http://itech.fgcu.edu/faculty/ndemers/CelaTega%202011/index.htm. Lunch and snacks provided by FGCU student club ECO-Action.

Sponsors include Estero Bay Agency on Bay Management, FGCU College of Arts and Sciences, Journalism Program, Honors Program, Center for Environmental & Sustainability Education, the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, the Responsible Growth Management Coalition, Happehatchee Center, the League of Women Voters, and the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council.

For further information, contact Nora Egan Demers, associate professor of biology and interdisciplinary studies at (239) 590-7211.

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