Dr Simone Martino


        Head and shoulder photo of Dr Simone Martino

Resource Economist

Simone Martino is an environmental economist working on the valuation of marketed and non-marketed natural resources.

Simone previously worked for an NGO as project manager, and in academic institutes as a researcher and lecturer in environmental economics and marine resource economics, suggesting sustainable management strategies for coastal and marine resources.

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Research interests

  • >Non-market goods valuation
  • >Ecosystem services assessment
  • >Social and environmental Cost Benefit Analysis
  • >Coastal and marine resource management
  • >Analysis of the preferences of public stakeholders for different institutional mechanisms to manage protected area
  • >Analysis of integration between levels of government under integrated coastal management
  • >Fisheries and aquaculture economics
  • >Valuation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in low income countries
  • >Valuation of provisioning (agriculture, timber, wild products), regulating (carbon sequestration, water infiltration) and cultural and social services (religious, spiritual, etc.) and policy recommendation for landscape planning
  • >Economic valuation of deep seabed mining venture and mineral resources


    Current research projects

    Valuing Nature Programme Peatland Tipping Points: Valuation of tipping points in natural capital and ecosystem services provided by peatlands; valuation of provisioning and regulating services under different management regime and peatland conditions. Funded by NERC. 2016-19

    Marine Ecosystem Research Programme (MERP): Defra and NERC funded project which aims to address key knowledge gaps in marine ecosystem research integrating new and existing data with state-of-the-art models of the ecology and economics of ecosystem services. 2017-18


    Selected previous research projects

    Life Natura 2002Aim: Ecological rehabilitation of a dismissed salt work along the Central Tyrrhenian coast of Italy. Budget: €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. EU funded, 2002-06

    Life+Natura 2008Aim: Defending the sea grass marine habitat Posidonia oceanica in the central Tyrrhenian by proposing passive and active measures against trawling and illegal diving activities. Budget: €1,400,000. Duties: Preparation of the proposal and financial plan. Project manager for the first year. EU funded, 2008-11

    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. Budget: €25,000 (this limited budget refers only to the 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. EU funded, 2008-10...

    VBES project 2012-15: Aim: valuing ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. Budget: £600,000. Duties: project manager and the technical support in the valuation process. Funded by British American Tobacco. 2011-15 

Peer-reviewed publications

Drakou, EG, Kermagoret, C, Liquete, C, Ruiz-Frau, A, Burkhard, K, Lillebø, AI, van Oudenhoven, APE, Ballé-Béganton, J, Rodrigues, JG, Nieminen, E, Oinonen, S, Ziemba, A, Gissi, E, Depellegrin, D, Veidemane, K,  Ruskule, A, Delangue, J, Böhnke-Henrichs, A, Boon, A, Wenning, R, Martino, S, Hasler, B, Termansen, M, Rockel, M, Hummel, H, el Serafy, G, Peev, P (2017) Marine and coastal ecosystem services on the science-policy-practice nexus: challenges and opportunities from 11 European case studies. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21513732.2017.1417330.

Koutrakis, E. T., Sapounidis A., Marzetti S., Giuliani V., Martino S., Fabiano M., Marin V., Paoli C., Roccatagliata E., Salmona P., Rey-Valette H., Roussel S., Povh D. and Malvárez C. G., 2010, Public Stakeholders' Perception of ICZM and Coastal Erosion in the Mediterranean, Coastal Management, 38(4), 354–377.

Koutrakis, E. T., Sapounidis A., Marzetti S., Giuliani V., Martino S., Fabiano M., Marin V., Paoli C., Roccatagliata E., Salmona P., Rey-Valette H., Roussel S., Povh D., Malvárez C. G., 2011, ICZM and coastal defence perception by beach users: Lessons from the Mediterranean coastal area, Ocean and Coastal Management, 54 821-830.

Martino S., Parson M.L., 2012. A comparison between manganese nodules and cobalt crusts economics in a scenario of mutual exclusivity, Mar. Policy 36, 790-800. 

Martino S., Parson M.L, 2013. Spillovers between cobalt, copper and nickel: implications for deep seabed mining, in press on Mineral Economics; Volume 25, Issue 2-3, pp 107-127; DOI 10.1007/s13563-012-0027-8

Amos, CL, Sutherland, TF, Martino S, AL Rashidi T., Sea surface temperature trends in the coastal zone of British Columbia, Canada. JCR_January 2014, http://www.jcronline.org/doi/pdf/10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-14-00114.1

Martino S., Amos C.L., 2015. Valuation of the ecosystem services of beach nourishment in decision-making: The case study of Tarquinia Lido, Italy. Ocean & Coastal Management 111, 82-91.

Marzetti S., Disegna M., Koutrakis E., Sapounidis A., Marin V., Martino S., Roussel S., Rey-Valette H. and Paoli C. Beach Visitors’ 2016. Awareness of ICZM and WTP in European Mediterranean Regions: a Case-Study. Marine Policy 63, 100-108.

Martino S., 2016. An attempt to assess horizontal and vertical integration of the Italian coastal governance at national and regional scales Revista de Gestão Costeira Integrada / Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Other publications

Main Book chapters

Falciano, S. Martino, L. Venzi, 2005. Aquaculture in Lazio Region and the management of the lacustrine resources. In A. Castellini, A. Regazzoni, G. Trevisan (eds), “The Support of the Agricultural Economics to Fisheries Research”, pages 77-84, University Cà Foscari- Venezia - Maggio 2005, Franco Angeli Editore. (in Italian).

Falciano, S. Martino, L. Venzi, 2005. An Attempt to Assess Different Fishing Effort in a Lacustrine Environment: the Bolsena lake. In B. Howell and R. Flos (eds), Lessons from the past to optimise the future. Extended abstracts and short communications, volume N. 35, pp. 197-198 Eupean Aquaculture Society. Trondheim, Norwey, 5-9 August 2005.


Main technical reports

Emmanuil Koutrakis, Argiris Sapounidis, Valentino Giuliani, Fulvio Cerfolli, Giuseppe Nascetti, Simone Martino, Mauro Fabiano, Emanuele Roccatagliata, Marzetti Silva, Hélène Rey-Valette, Sébastien Roussel, Franck Bellet, 2008, Concerted actions, tools and criteria for the implementation of the Integrated Coastal Zones Management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean, PhaseC Technical Report Project Beachmed-e, INTERREG IIIC SUD. Available in English and French at the web site www.beachmed.it.

Martino S., 2007, Economic valuation of damages associated with flooding risk along the coastline between Foce Verde and Terracina (Southern Lazio) PR MEdPlan Interreg IIICSud, Beachmed-e, Icram, Roma (in italian).

Martino S., Sian Morse-Jones, Helen Anthem, Helen Schneider, Sophie Benbow, Jack Rhodes, Alison Gunn, Mark Infield, Rob Small, Steven Lowe. 2015. Lessons from Valuing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Complex Agricultural Landscapes in Low Income Countries. Unpublished.

 

Main talks at conferences 

Falciano, S. Martino, L. Venzi, 2005. An Attempt to Assess Different Fishing Effort in a Lacustrine Environment: the Bolsena lake. In B. Howell and R. Flos (eds), Lessons from the past to optimise the future. Extended abstracts and short communications, volume N. 35, pp. 197-198 European Aquaculture Society. Trondheim, Norwey, 5-9 August 2005. 

Martino, 2006. Fisheries and aquaculture in the lagoon of Orbetello, in KJ Thomson, L. Venzi (eds) The Economics of Aquaculture with Respect to Fisheries, Proceedings of the 95th Seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economists EAAE- Civitavecchia (Rome) , 8—11 December 2005-pp. 373-390.

Martino 2006, Horizontal and vertical integration of institutional arrangements for the coast: the Italian situation, Proceedings of the XVI Seminar of the Italian society of Ecology “ Global Changes, Ecological Diversity and Sustainability”, held at Viterbo 19-22 September 2006. Available at http://www.ecologia.it/congressi/XVI/articles/martino-199.pdf

Simone Martino, Luca Parlagreco, Saverio Devoti and Sergi Silenzi, 2008, Monetary value computation for different typologies of land uses in the coastal risk evaluation, Proceeding of the Seminar Littoral 2008, Changing Coast: Challenge for the Environmental Policies Venezia 25-27 November 2008. Martino S., Parson L.M., 2011, Nodules and crust economics: relationship between cobalt and nickel price. 9th ISOPE Ocean Mining Symposium MAUI, Hawaii, USA, June 19-24, 2011.

Martino S., Parson L.M., 2011, Nodules and crust economics: relationship between cobalt and nickel price. 9th ISOPE Ocean Mining Symposium MAUI, Hawaii, USA, June 19-24, 2011.

Lecturing

Marine Science BSc: Lecture and practical for 3rd year Marine Resources module

IDCORE: ICZM and ecosystem services valuation.


Current research students

Dominic Muenzel: Assessment of carbon emission reduction benefits in Scottish saltmarshes under different grazing management regimes. MSc. 2016-17

Employment history

2016-present: Research Fellow in Resource Economics. SAMS

2013-15: Ecosystem Services Officer. Fauna & Flora International, Environmental Markets. London, UK

2012-13: Lecturer in Environmental Economics and Marine Resource Economics. University of Tuscia, Dept of Ecology and Biology. Italy


Education

2006: PhD Biological Resource Management. University of Tuscia, Italy

2004: MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management. University of Portsmouth, UK

2001: Laurea degree (5 yrs) in Environmental Science. University of Tuscia, Italy