Britt Groosman

Vice President, Ecosystems

Work

Areas of expertise:
Economics and environmental markets, deforestation, fisheries management, conservation and biodiversity, global climate policy and carbon markets

Britt Groosman is Vice President of Ecosystems at Environmental Defense Fund, where she helps create environmentally effective and economically sound solutions for working landscapes, including farms, ranches and forests.

Her experience spans from reducing deforestation in Brazil to supporting low carbon rural development in India.

Previously in her career, Britt served as EDF’s first EU Director in London focusing on fisheries reform. She is an economist recognized for her wide-ranging expertise in environmental policy, most notably climate and conservation policy.

She is a strategic thinker with a collaborative style pulling together scientists, economists and policy experts to analyze and promote sustainable, pragmatic solutions to environmental problems.

Background

Britt set up EDF’s first European office in London, setting up a program with operations in Sweden, UK, Spain and Belgium. She was the first European Director for EDF’s Ocean program and lead EDF’s work on Common Fisheries Policy reform in Brussels. She simultaneously worked on the ground in various EU Member States with fishermen and local NGO partners on co-management processes and sustainable management of fisheries.

Britt had joined EDF in 2008 to work on US Federal climate policy and moved on to manage the Office of Economic Policy until 2011.

Prior to EDF, Britt worked as a senior economist at ERM (Environmental Resources Management), and as an economist at London Economics. From 1996 to 1999, Britt was a Researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ghent (Belgium), and has also taught guest courses for the United Nations University Program.

Britt has recently joined the Board of the UK charity Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust.

Education

Britt studied Economics (BA) and Law and Economics (MA) at the University of Gent, and Oxford University.

Publications

Selected  Publications: 

Groosman B., Muller N. and O’Neill-Toy E., The Ancillary Benefits from Climate Policy in the United States, Environmental and Resource Economics December 2011, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp 585-603. 

Groosman B. and McCarthy S., Carbon Tax – Flavour of the Day, Environmental Finance, March 2004. 

Groosman B., Pollution Tax – entry 2500 in the ‘Encyclopedia of Law and Economics’, published by Edward Elgar, UK, April 2000 (USA - June 2000). 

Bouckaert B. and Groosman B., Can Bartolus Save the Tiger? Reflections on the Use of Property Rights for the Land-Based Biodiversity Conservation, Verfassung Und Recht In Übersee, Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America, 32. Jahrgang-4. Quartal 1999, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden, Germany. 

Co-author of Biodiversity in Development: Best Practice Working Paper, a report for the IUCN (The World Conservation Union), 1999 - 2000. 
 

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