Last week I participated in and presented at the second of three great workshops about cost benefit analysis (CBA), organised by SPREP‘s Aaron Buncle, for the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, which is led by Taito Nakalevu of SPREP. This workshop was aimed at national level PACC food security project leaders, and the third will be aimed at PACC coastal management project leaders.
The second workshop was attended by people from Palau, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Tonga, five regional-level economists (unusual to have so many regional economists in one room), PACC project coordinator Taito Nakalevu and UNDP-Samoa Regional Technical Adviser Gabor Vereczi.
Here is a link to a story about a similar previous CBA workshop.
It was gratifying to see the national officials leave with the tools to conduct cost benefit analyses of their own projects and indeed to think more naturally and intuitively about how to increase the economic impacts of their own work.
My presentation about “secondary” agricultural data sources that may be needed for a CBA is available for download here: Sourcing Secondary Data for Cost Benefit Analysis