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Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance

C-EENRG Fellow and former Director, Professor Andreas Kontoleon co-hosted the 22nd Annual BIOECON Conference on the economics of biodiversity conservation, which took place on 17-19 September 2021. This year’s conference was titled “Integrated natural and social science for conserving biodiversity and protecting human health” and was co-hosted by the University of Wyoming's College of Business, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. The event was held in a hybrid manner with in-person delegates gathering at the impressive Snow King Resort in Jackson, Wyoming, making it the first BioEcon conference to be hosted in the USA. The event also accommodated online delegates participating virtually from all around the world. In total, there were 269 delegates from academia, government, NGOs and the policy world at large.

The programme consisting of parallel, policy and plenary sessions covered topics at the core of the Network’s focus, ranging from land-use change to biodiversity measurement, from fisheries to forestry to wildlife management, and from sustainability to natural capital via intergenerational equity. Around 80 scientific papers were presented in parallel sessions. Keynote speakers to the event were Professor Simon Levin (Princeton University) and Professor Heidi J. Albers (University of Wyoming). A special session in memory of the work of Professor John Tschirhart was also included in the programme. Details of the 2021 conference can be found at the BIOECON network website ( or by contacting Professor Andreas Kontoleon ( Many thanks especially to the local organisers led by Professor Steve Newbold of the University of Wyoming. Keep following the BIOECON network on twitter at @bioecon1.