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Dr. Manuel Lago

Dr. Manuel Lago

PhD (Environmental Economics)
MSc (Ecological Economics)
Senior Fellow

Dr. Manuel Lago, is an experienced researcher and consultant in environmental/natural resource economics and a Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute in Berlin, where he has been working since 2009. Manuel Lago specializes in the economic analysis of environmental policies and regulations, water resource economics, environmental valuation, and compliance cost accounting. Additionally, his research at Ecologic Institute includes the analysis of economic aspects related to the practical implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), and European biodiversity protection policies. A native Spanish speaker, he also works in English.

Manuel leads several tasks for the European Topic Centre in Inland, Coastal, and Marine Waters (ETC-ICM)  for the European Environment Agency (EEA), where he responsible for socio-economic analyses of the management of Europe's sea and surface waters. He also advises the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity (ETC-BD) on environmental economic aspects of the Ecosystems Services Approach. Manuel Lago is a member of the Working Group on Economics and Social Analysis (ESA) for the implementation of the MSFD. He is also contributing author on the initial assessment and guidance on the development of economic elements under Article 8 of the MSFD.

In addition, he is involved in a number of large European research projects sponsored by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Program (FP7). In the project Restoring Rivers for Effective Catchment Management (REFORM), Manuel leads a task on the application and integration of current policy decision-making tools (i.e. cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis) with new economic approaches (Ecosystems Services Approach) for the achievement of efficient ecosystem restoration in light of current water policies across Europe. In the project Demonstrate Ecosystem Services Enabling Innovation in the Water Sector (DESSIN), Manuel leads an interdisciplinary team exploring the application of the ecosystem services concept to foster the uptake of innovative solutions in the water sector. In the project Economics of Climate Change Adaptation in Europe (EconADAPT), he investigates the use of economic principles, tools, and methods to communicate and advise policy decisions in pursuit of efficient adaptation to climate change.

In the past, Manuel contributed to the FP7 projects Evaluating Economic Policy Instruments for Sustainable Water Management in Europe (EPI-Water) and Biodiversity of Freshwater Ecosystems: Status, Trends, Pressures and Conservation Priorities (Biofresh).

Before joining the Ecologic Institute, Manuel worked in academia, government, and as a freelance consultant and researcher. From 2008 to 2010, Manuel worked as a post-doc environmental economist in the Catchment Management Group of the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute in Aberdeen (United Kingdom).

Manuel completed a PhD in Environmental Economics (Water Resource Economics) at the University of Edinburgh/Scottish Agricultural College in 2008. His research focused on the development of a practical methodology for the assessment of disproportionate costs and the application of exemptions in the implementation of the WFD. The results of this research are documented in his PhD dissertation "An Investigation of Regulatory Efficiency with Reference to the EU Water Framework Directive: An Application to Scottish Agriculture". In 2003, he received a MSc in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh.