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We are very pleased to welcome you to RFF Press, which since 2011 has been part of the Routledge publishing family. RFF Press continues to publish pioneering research in environmental economics and natural resource policy.


RFF Press publications support the mission of Resources for the Future (RFF), a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. RFF conducts independent research on environmental, energy, and natural resource issues and strives to improve environmental and natural resource policymaking worldwide. Since RFF's founding in 1952, the Press has published nearly 500 books and has developed a unique reputation for the rigor, balance, accessibility, and policy relevance of its publications.

As an imprint of Routledge, RFF Press is committed to growth. Traditionally our publishing program has focused on environmental economics and related policy studies. However we are now actively moving into new subject areas, including Natural Resource Management (particularly energy and water resources), Governance and Public Policy, and Environmental Law. We welcome proposals for new books, which should be submitted to Tim Hardwick, Senior Commissioning Editor (

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  1. New RFF Press Titles in 2014

    Routledge and RFF Press will publish a number of new titles in 2014. Please continue to read below for more information on these exciting new books, on topics ranging from natural resource management to the economics of water.

  2. RFF Press 2013 Catalog Now Available!

    The RFF Press Online Catalog is now available!  Please browse our catalog to see our newest titles as well as our classic backlist – we hope you find some new titles of interest.

  3. Environmental Regulation and Public Disclosure: The Case of PROPER in Indonesia

    This book is a remarkable case study of an environmental policy initiative for a national environmental regulatory system in the information age. The authors provide a multidisciplinary analysis of how the PROPER program harnessed the power of public disclosure to abate the problem of industrial pollution. The combination of institutional history and detailed economic and analyses sheds light on the role of policy entrepreneurs who laid the foundation for disclosure and transparency, despite the constraints of the Suharto regime. The PROPER program is now internationally recognized and continues to serve as a model for many developing countries. Read more...

  4. New: Environmental Commodities Markets and Emissions Trading

    Market-based solutions to environmental problems offer great promise, but require complex public policies that take into account the many institutional factors necessary for the market to work and that guard against the social forces that can derail good public policies. Using insights about markets from the new institutional economics, this book sheds light on the institutional history of the emissions trading concept as it has evolved across different contexts. It makes accessible the policy design and practical implementation aspects of a key tool for fighting climate change: emissions trading systems (ETS) for environmental control. For additional information about this book, please visit us here.

  5. New: Water Trading and Global Water Scarcity

    Water scarcity is an increasing problem in many parts of the world, yet conventional supply-side economics and management are insufficient to deal with it. In this book the role of water trading as an instrument of integrated water resources management is explored in depth. It is also shown to be an instrument for conflict resolution, where it may be necessary to reallocate water in the context of increasing scarcity. For additional information about this book, please visit us here.

  6. New: Carbon Capture and Sequestration

    Carbon Capture and Sequestration identifies current law and regulation that applies to geologic sequestration in the U.S., the regulatory needs to ensure that geologic sequestration is carried out safely and effectively, and barriers that current law and regulation present to timely deployment of CCS. The authors operationalize their recommendations in legislative language, which is of particular use to policymakers faced with the challenge of addressing climate change and energy.  For additional information about this book, please visit us here.

  7. How to Submit a Book Proposal to RFF Press

    We are very pleased that you are interested in publishing with Routledge and RFF Press. If you are working on a proposal in the areas of Environmental Economics or Natural Resource Management, we would like to hear from you.  Please continue reading for information on how to prepare and submit a book proposal.

  8. New: Water Diplomacy

    Water is the resource that will determine the wealth, welfare, and stability of many countries in the twenty-first century. This book offers a new approach to managing water that will overcome the conflicts that emerge when the interactions among natural, societal, and political forces are overlooked. For more information, including the Table of Contents, please visit us here.

  9. New: The Global Economics of Forestry

    William F. Hyde's new volume reaches far beyond the growing field of forestry economics; it explains what forestry can do to regional development and environmental conservation and what external policies in other sectors and the macro-economy can do to forestry.  For more information about The Global Economics of Forestry please visit us here.

  10. Co-editors Pamela Chasek and Lynn Wagner

    Roads from Rio Book Signing

    On March 23rd, authors Pam Chasek and Lynn Wagner held a launch and book signing for their new book, The Roads from Rio, during the Third Intersessional Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).

    You can view photos from the book signing at the UN Headquarters in New York here.

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