Australian Partners

NCEconomics Pty Ltd

NCE is part of the Alluvium Group and looks to offer a specialised combination of natural resources science and economics in the consulting space. NCE’s aim is to help clients understand and resolve the most complex and pressing challenges related to climate change, water resources and our natural environment. NCE seeks to bring together the best economic practitioners in industry and academia, along with people who can effectively interpret the economic outputs into management decisions. We believe there are few who offer truly integrated, specialist skills in this area in the consulting market.

(1) Socio-economic assessments linked to natural resoruce management
(2) Cost benefit analyses and business case development
(3) Water reform business planning
(4) Environmental economics including valuation of environmental resources
(5) Policy and program review and design
(6) Client, stakeholder and community consultation and engagement
(7) Project management and delivery
(8) Program design, governance and evaluation
(9) Non-market valuations
(10) Climate change adaptation risk assessments

  • Costing the regional water quality targets in Reef 2050
    Working with the QLD Government we evaluated the cost effectiveness of investment options for delivering specific regional water quality targets. Using physical modelling to estimate reductions in pollution loads attributable to policy solution sets and economic analysis based on marginal and total abatement cost curves we were able to determine a least cost pathway to achieving the regional targets. A cost range was established for actions within each policy solution set and the total costs of achieving regional targets.
  • Socio-economic uses and economic value of Gold Coast Waterways
    The use of Gold Coast waterways by residents and tourists creates economic activity, which in turn stimulates the economy, creates employment, and triggers ongoing investment. Working with the Gold Coast Waterway Authority we determined the approximate proportion of the $9.5 billion tourism industry attributable to the use of waterways. Through the capitalisation of the stream of annual values of ecosystem services, it was possible to calculate a natural capital value for the waterway assets to assist in management and investment decisions.
  • Assessing climate resilient water supply options in Micronesia
    This project undertook economic analysis of water supply options for Micronesia and tested the potential impact of climate change on the choice of water supply options. Using two real-world case studies water demand and supply models were developed and a number of scenarios were then run based on climate change scenarios to test the impacts on current levels of service. A number of water supply augmentations were then identified and assessed (levels of service, lifecycle costs) against specific levels of service under current and potential future climate change scenarios. The Federated States Of Micronesia Government is now using the findings of this project in long-term water supply planning and investment.
  • Enhancing the cost–effectiveness of payments for ecosystem services
    Engaged by the OECD this work involved the research and writing of a case study chapter for a book on the design, implementation and evaluation of the use of reverse auctions as a means of purchasing ecosystem services. The book chapter was based on a number of previous MBI projects, with additional analysis and material on the benefits of enhanced metrics and measures to increase participation and competition within markets. Part of this project involved a workshop with representative and technical experts forming the OECD’s Working Group on Economics and Biodiversity
  • Round table on integration of science and economics
    NCE was invited to contribute to this round table facilitated by Professor Quentin Grafton. The round table brought together members of The Economics and Science Group. The discussion focus was on how decision-making must connect policy priorities to an expert knowledge base and an understanding of bio-physical and socio-economic systems in Australia, the region and globally. Key representatives included; Professor Sir John Beddington (United Kingdom’s former Chief Scientist), Dr Alan Finkel – Australia’s Chief Scientist, and Professor Sir Peter Gluckman – New Zealand’s Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor
  • Indonesia’s preparations for UNFCCC COP 15
    The UK Foreign Office assisted Indonesia to analyse the current context and prepare proposals for submission to COP 15 in Copenhagen. This required assessing land use change, avoided deforestation, spatial planning and evaluation of the budgetary implications of such changes (particularly in the province of Papua). This project involved extensive field work with local community in Papua, documenting and assessing land use change, followed by analysis with National officials in Jakarta to assess potential policy responses, their likely effectiveness and their costs of implementation.
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