Salvatore Bimonte is Professor at the Department of Economics and Statistics, and chairman of the course in the Environmental Economics and Development, Master in Economics. He is Lecturer in Environmental Economics. His main research interests are in the field of Environmental Economics, Environmental Policy, Sustainable Tourism, Tourism and Local Development. He was the Director of the Summer School in Analyses and Researches in Tourism and Sustainability; Member of the Landscape and Heritage Committee of the Regione Toscana; Member of the Board of Directors of the Natural Park of Maremma; Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Environmental economics; Member of the Scientific Committee of Parchi, the Journal of the National Federation of the Italian Natural Parks. He is member of the Board of Governors of the Polo Universitario Grossetano, University of Siena. He collaborated with the Italian division of Europark and coordinated the project “Education for sustainable development and legality”, financed by the Tuscany Region; the economic area of the Project “Financial Instrument for the Environment, Self-financing Protected Areas (SelfPAs) (European Commission LIFE III, 2005-2008) and the research project “Protected areas and tourism in Tuscany” financed by the Regione Toscana and IRPET (2002/03). he was a member of the research groups that implemented the Social and economic development plan for the Natural Park of Maremma and Nature Reserves of Senese Province (2000/01). In 1997-2000 was Research Assistant at the University of Siena. In 1996 got his PhD; in 1992 was Research fee student at tha University of Buffalo (USA); in 1990 was Visinting student at the University of Reading, UK.