Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics

The ANZSEE 2002 Conference

Strategies into Action:
Regional and Industry Policy Applications
of Ecologically Sustainable Development

1 Dec: Pre-conference course
2-4 December 2002 (main conference)
5 Dec: (post-conference field trip)
University of Technology, Sydney
Broadway Campus

Ecological economics: 
the knowledge-base for creating an ecologically sustainable economy

About the ANZSEE 2002 Conference

Strategies into action: regional and industry policy applications of ecologically sustainable development

You are invited to participate in the 2002 ANZSEE conference.

The conference will explore how regional strategies (local to national and beyond) and industry (sectoral) policies can help create an ecologically sustainable economy.

The conference will have keynote speakers, contributed papers, workshops and discussions. It will give an opportunity to report on ecological economics work done and to explore the agenda for future work.

Everyone who is interested in the creation of an ecologically sustainable economy is welcome to participate. You don't have to be an economist or an ecologist - or a current member of ANZSEE!

It is now widely recognised that the achievement of ecological sustainability requires decisive action, at the right scale and speed. So all communities need to engage actively in goal-directed innovation and structural change.

The 2002 ANZSEE conference takes up this challenge - looking especially at regional economies and industry sectors. Speakers and workshops will address questions such as: 

- What should ecologically sustainable, socially just economies look like - generally and in specific areas? And why? 

- How can ecologically sustainable, socially just economies be created? 

- How should primary industry, manufacturing and services change? 

- How far and how fast should the changes go? 

- How should innovation and structural change be focussed and driven?

- What intellectual foundations do sustainability strategies for regional economies and industry sectors need? 

- How are the multiple facets of society, the environment, the economy and social equity to be integrated with no major trade-offs? 



ANZSEE thanks it sponsors for their vital support for the 2002 Conference.

Financial sponsors: 

New Zealand

New Zealand

In-kind sponsors:


Program schedule and associated activities


Sun. 1 December

Mon. 2 December

Tues. 3 December

Wed. 4 December

Thurs. 5 December


Pre-conference course:

Leapfrogging to sustainability

(10.00 am - 6.00 pm)
Organised by Green Innovations

(8.00 - 9.00)

Opening (9.00 am)

Plenary session on local & regional scenarios for sustainable development.


Plenary session on Scenarios for global and National Futures.


Plenary session on Industry/Business Policies and Strategies

Post-conference field trip

Eco-tour of Sydney

(8.30 am - 5.30 pm) Organised by Sustainability Centre


Parallel sessions of contributed papers.

Parallel sessions of contributed papers.

Parallel sessions of contributed papers

Closing plenary session
(finish 5.00 pm)


(6.00-7.00 pm)





The conference begins officially at 9.00 am (0900) on Monday 2nd Dec and closes at 5.00 pm (1700) on Wednesday 4 Dec.

Please allow time for registration before proceedings start on the Monday.  When planning travel and accommodation please take account of any associated pre-conference or post-conference activities (details).

ANZSEE 2002 Conference Draft Program
(as of 14/11/2002)

Session Monday 2 December Tuesday 3 December Wednesday 4 December

Morning 1:

8.00 onwards: Registration
9.00 ANZSEE President's welcome & address - Philip Sutton
9.15 ISEE President's address - John Proops
9.30 ANZSEE Vice-President's announcements - Mark Diesendorf
9.35 Opening by principal sponsor
9.40 Morgan Williams, NZ Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment: 'NZ ESD since 1992'
Global & National Futures
9.00 Bent Sørensen, Roskilde Uni., Denmark: ?Global energy scenarios?
9.45 Shauna Murray & Manfred Lenzen: ?Improved ecological footprint method?
Business & Industry Sector Strategies
9.00 Dedee Woodside, consultant: 'Rice growing'
9.45 Judy Clark, consultant: 'Forests' 


Morning Tea Morning Tea Morning Tea

Morning 2:

Present Achievements & Future Scenarios for Local Economies
11.00 John Tunney, Melbourne City Council: (TBC)
11.25 Justine Young, Environment Waikato
11.50 Alan Reid, Environs Aust.: 'Accelerating sustainability through local government, business and banks.  
12.15 Ann Magee, Waitakere City Council
12.40 Panel discussion
Global & National Futures
11.00 Franzi Poldy, CSIRO: 'Australian futures scenarios'
11.30 Clive Hamilton, Australia Institute: Australian greenhouse gas scenarios
12.00 Peter Newman, W.A. Sustainability Policy Unit: 'W.A. sustainability policy'
12.30 John Peet, Uni. of Canterbury, NZ: 'Role of technology' 
Business & Industry Sector Strategies
11.00 Fiona Wain, Environment Business Australia: ?Environment industries?
11.30 Murray Patterson, Massey Uni., NZ: ?Tourism?
12.00 Sarah Mackay, AgResearch NZ: ?Dairy industry?
12.30 Louise Vickery, DITR: ?Energy efficiency best practice?



ANZSEE business meeting , 13.15 ? 13.55


Afternoon 1:

Parallel sessions

A. Local Economies
Jason Alexandra: Local indicators, N-E Victoria.
John Martin: Catchment Management Authorities.
Bill Blackwood: Far North Queensland sustainable industries.
Chris Irons: Changing attitudes to livelihood

B. Ecological economics: Issues & methods
Jack Pezzey Emission taxes; 
Facundo Sepulveda: Green taxes & double dividend; 
Nigel Jollands: Eco-efficiency critique;
Richard Culas: Environmental Kuznets curve

C. National & Global Issues
Mike Smith: Whole of Society Approach;
Dexter Dunphy: Integrating human and ecological sustainability;
Philip Sutton: Fast transition to sustainable economy;
Ian McGregor: Indicators

Parallel sessions

D. Sustainable energy
Iain MacGill: Australian renewable energy industry
Mark Diesendorf, Overcoming the barriers to sustainable energy;
Chris Riedy: Subsidies to fossil fuels;
Janet Henriksen: Energy accounting in buildings

B. Ecological economics: Issues & methods
Stefan Hajkowicz: Muliti-criteria analysis, Qld; 
Oscar Cacho: Carbon sink costs; 
Philip Lawn: Resource prices & scarcity.
Ian Wills: Information for firms

H. Land & water
Darla Hatton MacDonald: Water -- customer preferences;
Paul Martin: Institutions for land & water use;
Richard Reeve: Water reform policy;
Suzanne Benn: Landcare

Parallel sessions

E. Industry sector
Thea Mech: Food production; 
Jinlong Ma: Coal;
Graham Marshall: Irrigators;
Robert Gale: Ecotourism as weak sustainability

C. .National/global issues 
Jayanath Ananda: Public participation in forest agreements.
Shann Turnbull: Ownership & control
Kieran Turner: Beyond trade-offs in organizations
Ian Curtis: Valuing ecosystem services

F: Sustainable development in poor countries
Dan Etherington: A coconut oil industry for Pacific islands
Wahidul Biswas: Bangladesh sustainable energy; 
Quentin Grafton & Frank Jotzo: Financing SD in 3rd world
George Antony: PNG sustainable agriculture


Afternoon tea Afternoon tea Afternoon tea

Afternoon 2:

Parallel sessions

A. Local economies
Anitra Nelson: Community & sustainability; 
Madeleine Boyd: Small eco-enterprises
Roger Collins: Sustainability program of Manningham City Council
Dianne Vivian: Energy efficiency through partnerships; 

C. National & global issues
Brian Walker: Academies' national sustainability program 
Michael Hardiman
: National capital markets
Trond Andresen: Economic instabilities
Frank Pool: Energy markets in NZ

G General
Matt Fisher: Philosophy
Amnuay Saengnoree: Instituions for shrimp aquaculture
Gerald McBride: Indigenous people
Petar Johnson: Environmental labelling

Parallel sessions

C. National/global issues
Murray Patterson: National indicators
Ralph Chapman: Innovation for sustainability 
Terry Lustig: Thermodynamics and ESD
Julian Crawford: EcoSTEPS Sustainability Tree 

B. Ecological economics: Issues & methods
UADP Gunawardena: Weak sustainability & biodiversity of home gardens;
Thea Mech: Trade;
Xuemin Jiang: Overlapping generations model of resource management
Jeffery Connor: Salinity credit trade policy

G. General
David Wiskar: Public Management of the Environment -Qld
Jim Crosthwaite: Cross-sectoral approach to biodiversity in Vic. govt.
Angshuman Bhattacharya: Pollution havens--India;
Andrew Ross: Assessing local sustainability

Final plenary

reports from strategy & project groups; 
an agenda for further work 
(Ends 17.00)


17.30 - 18.30

19.00 =>



  • TBA = To be advised; TBC = To be confirmed.
  • Parallel session lecture-style presentations are 18 minutes in length plus 4 minutes for discussion. The full program, with parallel session presentations, will be uploaded soon.
  • Poster presentations will be displayed all day in the atrium outside the lecture theatres and rooms. 
  • Titles and authors' affiliations have been shortened for easy display on the website. Full titles and affiliations will be given in final program.
  • The program also includes two: multi-session Breakthrough Workshops on: 
    * Getting hybrid vehicle manufacturing going in Australasia - soon
    * Promoting 'no waste/zero waste' structural adjustment in industry

Poster presentations

  • Poster presentations will be displayed for 2 days in the atrium which is the main conference registration and tea/coffee area.
  • As some lecture-type presentations are withdrawn, e.g. resulting from some authors not gaining funding to attend the conference, some poster abstracts will take their places as lecture-type presentations.


Title of abstract

Sharad P. Adhikary

Ecosystem and economic services in the mountainous region: 

Need for a new valuation approach

Jeffery D. Connor

Path Dependence, Positive Biological Feedback and the Economics of Mating Disruption Pheromones Pest Control in Apple and Pear Production

Mark Diesendorf

Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Research Frameworks for Ecological Economics

Simon Fane* and Stuart White

Including Sustainability Criteria in Life Cycle Costing of Urban Water

Rajesh Jalota and John Rolfe

Above ground carbon estimation at property level - an experience from Central Queensland

Nigel Jollands

The Holy Grail of Sustainable Development Indicators: an Approach to Aggregating Indicators with an Application to Eco-Efficiency

Frank Jotzo

Best intentions: How a Kyoto Protocol implementation rule might lead to 'cheap and nasty' forestry carbon projects in developing countries

R. K. Khatkar

Ecological Sustainable Development of Agriculture in India

Patrick Longfield

The Natural Step - a framework for sustainability

Phillip Pagan and Jack Pezzey

Some economics of water resources and use in the ACT

Rudra Prakash Pradhan & Narayan Chandra Nayak

Productivity and Sustainability of Agriculture: An Application of Linear Programming Model

Janbade Prafulla Tarachand

Concrete jungle to green buildings: The essence of survival by using sustainable technique in new millennium

Wendy Proctor Assessing Ecosystem Services in Australia

Chris Riedy (withdrawn)

Business As Usual in the Australian Energy Sector: Implications and Criticisms of ABARE?s Australian Energy Projections (withdrawn)

Sohan lal Saharan

Ecologically sustainable habitats through recycling

Kamaljit K. Sangha Rajesh K. Jalota, John Rolfe David, J. Midmore and Kerry Walsh

Comparative status of ecosystem functions in native and cleared woodlands


Go to abstracts link.

Associated pre- and post-conference activities:


Pre-conference activity: 1 December 2002

A full day intensive course on:
Leapfrogging to a sustainable economy-mindsets and methods:
creating a new platform for understanding and action

Running from 10-00 am to 6.00 pm on Sunday 1 December, the course is designed to provide participants with an ideas kit to help catalyse the achievement of an ecologically sustainable economy.  Course presenter, Philip Sutton, Green Innovations Director-Strategy, will provide access to over 10 years of R&D to develop new strategies that can be used to mainstream a commitment to ecological sustainability without watering down the content.

The course costs $125 for the day, including lunch (student/concession price is: $100).

For further information on the course purpose and content, please go to:

Post-conference activity: 5 December 2002

Ecotour of Sydney by Solar Sailor Ferry, Coach and Foot

Sustainability Centre is organising an Ecotour of Sydney to be held on Thursday 5 December 2002, rain or shine. From the deck of the innovative Solar Sailor ferry, we will observe the changes occurring in the foreshores of Sydney Harbour. We will visit the environmental protection innovations of the Homebush Bay Sydney 2000 Olympic site, and then enjoy a vegetarian lunch in an inner city restaurant. We will spend the afternoon in an urban national park with aboriginal rock carvings, magnificent views, bush walking trails and little beaches without road access.

Because the number in the group is limited by the seating capacity of the coach, we strongly recommend that you book now.

For further information, costs and booking details, please go to:


Abstracts - for presentations, papers, posters or workshops

Downloading the abstracts: 
You can download all the abstracts by clicking here:    Abstracts27-11-02.doc

The general call for papers and posters has now formally closed.  The deadline was Friday 28 June 2002.  However late applications will be considered if the paper/poster proposed is of very direct and clear relevance to the conference theme.  The conference organisers will also continue to solicit high quality 'on-theme' papers or presentations.  If you would like us to consider a proposal for a presentation/paper please send a 200-300 word abstract to the Conference Organiser.

Abstracts/proposals will only be accepted as plain text located in the body of an email (ie. not as an attachment). Those who don't have access to email may post a file in Rich Text Format (RTF) on a disk.

People presenting papers (ie. giving talks) are not required to submit a written paper.  Circulation of any paper at the conference is the responsibility of the author. If you would like your paper to be published then you should submit it to ISEE to be considered for inclusion in the Journal of Ecological Economics or submit it to any other relevant publisher.

You are invited to submit for consideration proposals for workshops on a topic of direct and clear relevance to the conference theme to the Conference Organiser.  Proposals should be brief.  Workshops could be used to generate ideas to make progress on key issues or to help set the agenda for future ecological economics work.


  • ANZSEE reserves the right to accept or reject applications to present a paper or poster or hold a workshop.
  • The organisers will provide participants with a book of abstracts/summaries at the conference.

Mark Diesendorf
Director, Sustainability Centre Pty Ltd
PO Box 221, Epping NSW 1710, Australia 

Mark Diesendorf <> 


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Contact conference organiser

Main conference organiser

Mark Diesendorf
Director, Sustainability Centre Pty Ltd
PO Box 221, Epping NSW 1710, Australia 
Phone: +61 2 9801 2976
Fax: +61 2 9801 2986

New Zealand contact

If you are from New Zealand and you want to make contact with a local person who is involved with organising the conference please get in touch with:

Nigel Jollands <>

Ecological economics: 
the knowledge-base for creating an ecologically sustainable economy

Author: Philip Sutton
Date Last Modified: 16  December 2002 (2)
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