Nicholas Conner has thirty years of experience in natural resource management and rural development, focusing on conservation economics, socio-economic impact assessment, and natural resource policy development and analysis, particularly in Australia. He currently works as Principal Conservation Economist with the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, as well as coordinates the Economic Valuation Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. His work involves developing and managing projects on economic aspects of biodiversity conservation in relation to natural resource management, regional economic development, tourism, and ecosystem services. Nicholas has also worked as an environmental economics consultant in Europe, South-East Asia and Oceania. His recent publications relating to Oceania include Socio-Economic Assessment of Pacific Coastal Management (2011) and Economics of Marine Managed Areas of the South Pacific (2008).