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Eco Services Group

Silvio Simonit

Silvio Simonit´s research interests lie in modeling coupled socio-economic and ecological systems with emphasis on assessing ecosystem services and the related PES mechanisms, spatial modeling (GIS), and the valuation of externality flows. In particular, his research focuses on watershed management and the interaction between land-based activities and water ecosystems, including wetlands, fisheries and land degradation.

He is currently involved in the “Sustainable Use of Spatially- and Temporally-distributed Ecosystem Services” (SUSTES) project, a collaborative research between ASU and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), which is investigating how the inclusion of a range of ecosystem services, with widely varying temporal and spatial impacts, affects the sustainability of conservation and use strategies in the Panama Canal Watershed.

Previously, he worked as a consultant at the National Institute of Public Health (Mexico) on issues related to food security and agriculture; as Programme Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (India) on project development and implementation under the GEF Land Degradation focal area; and as Research Assistant at the University of York (UK) collaborating on the international projects “The Sustainable Management of Wetland Resources in Mercosur ” and “Tools for wetland ecosystems resource management in Eastern Africa” (ECOTOOLS).

He received his B.S. in Business Economics from the University of Trieste (Italy), and both his M.S. and P.hD. in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management from the University of York (UK)



Simonit S. and C. Perrings, 2011. Sustainability and the value of the 'regulating' services: wetlands and water quality in Lake Victoria. Ecological Economics 70: 1189-1199. PDF

Simonit S. and C. Perrings, 2011. Modeling the Economics of Ecosystem Services at Watershed Scale: A Spatial Model of Land Use Externalities and the Regulating Functions of Wetlands. In: Batabyal A. and Nijkamp P. (eds.), Research Tools in Natural Resources and Environmental Economics, World Scientific, pp. 341-375.

Loiselle S., Cozar A., van Dam A., Kansiime F., Kelderman P., Saunders M. and Simonit S., 2006. Tools for Wetland Ecosystem Resource Management in East Africa: Focus on the Lake Victoria Papyrus Wetlands. In: Verhoeven J.T.A., Beltman B., Bobbink R. and Whigham D.F. (eds.), Wetlands and Natural Resource Management. Ecological Studies 190, Springer, pp. 97-121.

Simonit S. and C. Perrings, 2005. Indirect economic indicators in bioeconomic fishery models: agricultural price indicators and fish stocks in Lake Victoria. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 62(3): 483-492. PDF

Simonit S., Cattaneo F. and C. Perrings, 2005. Modelling the hydrological externalities of agriculture in wetlands: the case of rice in Esteros del Iberà, Argentina. Ecological Modeling 186(1): 123-141. PDF