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Trees lie devastated after an eruption at Mount Saint Helens in the summer of 2003. Alex Pfaff, an environmental economist who spoke at UT, helped inform students about the conservation efforts for developed and populated areas.
Economist strategizes against deforestation
Conservation works best where it’s often most contested: developed and populated areas.
Environmental economist Alex Pfaff believes parks should be created where they will be most effective for blocking deforestation. He met with students and faculty at the Baker Center on Thursday to discuss specifics on preventing environmental degradation in a lecture titled “Avoided Amazonian Deforestation and Policy Design.”
“I’m very interested in impacts of policies,” Pfaff said. “If you can see policy Type 1 has more impact than policy Type 2, that can be more of an influence for changing policy on the ground ... you point to ...