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Socio-economics of natural resources management

Socio-economics of Natural Resources Management (NRM) analysis deals with the supply, demand, and allocation of the earth’s natural resources. Its objective is to better understand the role of natural resources in the economy, in order to develop moresustainable methods and technologies of managing those resources to ensure their availability to future generations. Resource economists study interactions between economic and natural systems, with the goal of developing a sustainable and efficient economy.

Goal: To generate information and disseminate knowledge and innovations to make a contribution to the appropriate utilization of natural resources for enhanced policy making. This rests upon demand-driven, problem solving, and action-oriented research projects in the area of resource economics, natural resource and environmental management, economics, and environmental policy.

Aim: To support individuals and communities in the dry areas, helping them to make sustainable and effective improvements in their livelihoods through the promotion of rural development technologies, and supporting institutions and groups to assume the responsibility of fostering regional development.

Our work focuses on four thematic areas:

  • Climate change
  • Economics of land degradation
  • Economics of conservation agriculture
  • Economic analysis of water productivity and water use efficiency

Contact person for Socio Economics of Natural Resources Management: Boubaker Dhehibi ( has a PhD in quantitative economics from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and an MSc in Marketing from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (Spain) – CIHEAM.

His research interests include production economics, climate change, the economics of water resources, the economics of natural resources management, applied micro-econometrics, food demand analysis, international trade, economic modeling, competitiveness and productivity analysis of the agriculture sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, growth analysis, and the economics of development.