Simone Martino

Simone Martino


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Simone Martino is an environmental scientist and resource economist working on the valuation of marketed and non-marketed resources (biodiversity and ecosystem services). Simone has worked in conservation NGO as project manager, and in public organisations as researcher, consultant, and lecturer (environmental economics and marine resource economics). Simone has suggested sustainable management strategies for agricultural, coastal, and marine resources, advising public bodies on the importance of natural capital and ecosystem services, and providing information on natural capital and ecosystem services to business for better decision making and financial accounting. Actual research is on:

• Valuation of peatland ecosystem services (marketed, non-marketed) and non-monetary values

• Valuation of saltmarsh ecosystem services and carbon market for saltmarshes

• Valuation of provisioning services from marine activities (fisheries, aquaculture, recreation)


Rsearch interests

      Valuation of coastal and marine ecosystem services and trade-offs analysis

      Economics of marine and coastal natural resources

      Coastal management and local climate change

      Coastal and marine resource policy and planning

      Mineral economics (valuation of deep sea bed mining profitability, impacts on economy of terrestrial producers, impacts on fisheries)


PDRA co-investigator for the current projects (2017-2018)

MERP programme WP3 topic 1 - How can we maximise the benefits from living marine natural capital?

Valuing Nature Tipping Points - Understanding ecosystem stocksand tipping points in UK Peatlands 


Projects managed and funds granted

      Life Natura 2002

Aim: Ecological rehabilitation of a dismissed salt work along the Central Tyrrhenian coast of Italy. Project closed in 2006.

Budget: Euro 1,056,549, Duties: Preparation of the technical and financial proposal; in charge of administrative procedures, budget revision and financial report; in charge of delivering the Management Plan of the “Salina di Tarquinia”, (Plan for Natura 2000 sites), brochures and website


      Life+Natura 2008

Aim: Defending the sea grass marine habitat Posidonia oceanicain the central Tyrrhenian by proposing passive and active measures against trawling and illegal diving activities Project closed in 2014.  

Budget: Euro 1,400,000  Duties: Preparation of the proposal and financial plan. Project manager for the first year.


      ICZM MED Interreg III C SUD Beachmed-e EU project

Aim: Assessing the economic impact of a beach nourishment project. Pilot site: Tarquinia beach Lazio Region, Italy. Project closed in 2008.

Budget: Euro 25,000 (this limited budget refers only to the work package in which I was involved: valuation of beach nourishment and CBA analysis) Duties: project proposal formulation; administrative procedures, budget revision and financial form preparation. In addition, valuation of direct economic benefits; recreational value for beach users of the re-nourished beach; valuation of the impact of the nourishment by environmental cost-benefit analysis.

       VBES project 2012-2015

Aim: valuing ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes.

Budget: £600,000. Duties: project manager and technical support in the valuation process.

    Valuing Nature tipping point 2016-2018 – PI Mark Reed Newcastle University.

Aim: understand how climate change and changes in land use and management are likely to trigger tipping points in the provision of ecosystem services in peatlands. Duties: PDRA research co-investigator

Budget: £ 373,000

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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