IVM’s mission is to contribute to sustainable development and to care for the environment through excellent scientific research and teaching. A unique feature of the institute is our capacity to cut through the complexity of natural-societal systems through novel interdisciplinary approaches. Being the oldest environmental research institute in The Netherlands (est. 1971), IVM is currently one of the world’s leading institutes in sustainability science. With 100 employees (staff, PhDs and Postdocs), IVM has been rated with the highest scores on scientific excellence, and each year we receive over 140 MSc students and we host over 50 PhD students in our teaching programmes. In the Environmental Economics Department, we focus on three themes. First, we are specialized in market and non-market valuation approaches such as choice experiments, meta-analysis and benefits transfer. Second, we develop economic models to support complex decision-making by simulating future economic developments and predicting the economic consequences of a given policy (e.g. concerning climate change, water quality). Economic policy instruments are designed and evaluated to change behaviour and decision-making towards the environment.
IVM-VU has developed a long-term research collaboration with Wolfs Company, applying the TEEB framework to ecosystem services valuation studies in, amongst others, the Dutch Caribbean. In the MOVE project, both partners will together contribute with their expertise and network in the Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories to Activity 2. IVM-VU has also been involved in the ESMERALDA project to develop a flexible methodology for pan-European and regional assessments of ecosystem services. IVM-VU will contribute with its combined knowledge of Dutch Caribbean context and EU approaches to Outline a MAES Strategic Plan for the EU Overseas (Activity 5).
Pieter van Beukering