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Jean Martin and Ceridwen Roberts

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Thierry Martin and Jean-Philippe Touffut

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Jean F. Johnston and Martin J. Van Kranendonk

The Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) has published a field guide to six geological drive trails radiating from Marble Bar. The book is called Discovery Trails to Early Earth – a Traveller’s Guide to the East Pilbara of Western Australia. The guide has been a success and has been reprinted. Its achievement has shown there is an appetite for geological stories written in a simple, stylish and informative way accompanied by colourful graphics and images. We tease out some of the threads that combine to make a popular geotourism product.

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Bina Agarwal, Martin Baily, Jean-Louis Beffa and Robert M. Solow

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Brian D. Israel, Jean Martin, Kelly Smith Fayne and Lauren Daniel

Despite myriad methodological shortcomings, some economists continue to advocate for the use of contingent valuation (CV) and other survey methods to estimate non-use values of natural resources. Federal regulatory agencies also continue to explore these methodologies, although both the OPA and CERCLA regulations strongly disfavor their application, and no court has actually relied upon a CV or a similar study to determine the value of natural resource damages. Indeed, several courts have refused to admit CV studies into evidence, ruling that the studies were not an accurate or reliable measure of actual loss. The better and more reliable approach for valuing natural resource loss, from both a legal and policy perspective, is based on the cost of projects needed to repair, replace, or return injured natural resources to baseline conditions where practicable, and compensate for the temporary or interim loss of resources until restoration is complete.