Huey-Lin Lee

Do not judge a book by its cover: ecosystem service of the Kaomei wetland

Huey-Lin Lee (1) and Hsin-Ju Lin (2)
(1) Department of Economics, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan
(2) Department of Life Sciences, National Chunghsing University, Taichung, Taiwan
Day 1 17:20-18:00

In this study we attempted to illustrate a way of linking the value of ecosystem services with the economy and thus revealing the economic significance of ecosystem service which has long been overlooked in human economic activities. We chose as the study object the Kaomei Wetland in Central Taiwan—which is rated as ‘wetland of national importance’, based on the Ramsar Convention treaties. We first conducted field survey and experiments to identify the Kaomei Wetland as a land use type of low landscape development intensity (LDI) and assessed the latent economic value of the ecosystem services Kaomei Wetland provides, based on the conceptual framework as proposed by the TEEB. We then incorporated the latent economic value—in the form of “avoided cost” and “replacement cost” as implied by the Kaomei ecosystem services while maintaining it as a low LDI land use type—to a bottom-up multi-regional computable general equilibrium (CGE) model of Taiwan to see how far-reaching the avoided/replaced costs, if spared for other non-wastewater treatment use, could alternatively affect the economy of the local and other domestic regions through inter-region linkage and the input-output relationship in the production and consumption processes. We aim to demonstrate the significant economic contribution of the seemingly low-economic-value land use type like the Kaomei Wetland could potentially make to the human wellbeing in the perspective of economics.


Huey-Lin Lee

Assistant Professor

Selected publications:

  • Lee, H.-L., (2009), “The Impact of Climate Change on Global Food Supply and Demand, Food Prices, and Land Use,” Paddy and Water Environment, 7(4), 321-331.
  • Golub A.; Hertel, T.W.; Lee, H.-L.; Rose, S.; Sohngen, B., (2009), “The Opportunity Cost of Land Use and the Global Potential for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Agriculture and Forestry,” Resource and Energy Economics, 31(4), 299-319.
  • Peterson, E. B., & Lee, H. L. (2009). Implications of incorporating domestic margins into analyses of energy taxation and climate change policies. Economic Modelling, 26(2), 370-378.
  • Lee, H.-L., Hertel, T. W., Rose, S. K., and Avetisyan, M. (2009). An Integrated Global Land Use Data Base for CGE Analysis of Climate Policy Options, in Hertel, T., Rose, S., and Tol, R. (eds) Economic Analysis of Land Use in Global Climate Change Policy, Routledge.
  • Rose, S. K., and Lee, H.-L. (2009). Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data for Climate Change Economic Analysis, in Hertel, T., Rose, S., and Tol, R. (eds) Economic Analysis of Land Use in Global Climate Change Policy, Routledge.
  • Hertel, T. W., Lee, H.-L., Rose, S. K., and Sohngen, B. (2009). Modeling Land-use Related Greenhouse Gases and their Mitigation Potential, in Hertel, T., Rose, S., and Tol, R. (eds) Economic Analysis of Land Use in Global Climate Change Policy, Routledge.
  • Ramankutty, N., Hertel, T. W., Lee, H.-L., and Rose S. K. (2007). Global Agricultural Land Use Data for Integrated Assessment Modeling, in Schlesinger, M. (eds) Human-Induced Climate Change: An Interdisciplinary Assessment, Cambridge University Press.