nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2009‒01‒17
two papers chosen by
Antonello Scorcu
University of Bologna

  1. Re-thinking on the role of business in biodiversity conservation By Barna, Cristina
  2. A Multicriteria Approach for the Evaluation of the Sustainability of Re-use of Historic Buildings in Venice By Margaretha Breil; Silvio Giove; Paolo Rosato

  1. By: Barna, Cristina
    Abstract: Today we face the challenge of building biodiversity business. There is a need to develop new business models and market mechanisms for biodiversity conservation, while also raising awareness and persuading the public and policy-makers that biodiversity can be conserved on a commercial basis. In this context the present paper is analyzing the arise of a new economic concept ‘business biodiversity’, focusing on the strategic importance of biodiversity for business and also presenting some business biodiversity models which have already began to have success in the global economy.
    Keywords: sustainable development; biodiversity; business biodiversity; economics of biodiversity
    JEL: Q57
    Date: 2008–12
  2. By: Margaretha Breil (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei); Silvio Giove (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice); Paolo Rosato (University of Trieste)
    Abstract: The paper presents a multiple criteria model for the evaluation of the sustainability of projects for the economic re-use of historical buildings in Venice. The model utilises the relevant parameters for the appraisal of sustainability, aggregated into three macro-indicators: intrinsic sustainability, context sustainability and economic-financial feasibility. The model has been calibrated by a panel of experts and tested on two reuse hypotheses of the Old Arsenal in Venice. The tests have proven the model to be a useful support in the early stages of evaluation of re-use projects, where economic improvements are to be combined with conservation, as it supports the identification of critical points and the selection of projects, thus providing not only a check-list of variables to be considered, but an appraisal of trade-offs between economic uses and requirements of conservation.
    Keywords: Economic Reuse, Historical Building Conservation
    JEL: Z1 R52
    Date: 2008–10

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