Making Nature's Values Visible

The Initiative

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) is a global initiative focused on “making nature’s values visible”. Its principal objective is to mainstream the values of biodiversity and ecosystem services into decision-making at all levels. It aims to achieve this goal by following a structured approach to valuation that helps decision-makers recognize the wide range of benefits provided by ecosystems and biodiversity, demonstrate their values in economic terms and, where appropriate, suggest how to capture those values in decision-making.[read more]

TEEB Study Leader

Pavan Sukhdev was Study Leader for the groundbreaking “TEEB” study commissioned by G8+5 and later hosted by UK. Under his leadership, TEEB sized the global problem of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation in economic and human welfare terms, and proposed solutions targeted at policy-makers, administrators, businesses and citizens. [read more]

TEEB Office

Based in Geneva, Switzerland at the International Environment House, the TEEB office is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) under the Economics and Trade Branch (ETB) of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE). The small team provides day-to-day implementation and administration of the entire TEEB portfolio of work, including communications and outreach activities.  [read more]

Advisory Board 

A high-level TEEB Advisory Board, which meets a minimum of twice a year, provides guidance and oversight for all TEEB activities. In addition to contributing to strategic portfolio decisions, the Advisory Board plays an active role in reviewing draft TEEB outputs. [read more]


TEEB is based on an inclusive, open architecture process that has brought together an inspiring community of support and practice. As this community continues to grow and evolve, special thanks must be given to several donors and partners for their ongoing help and support. [read more]

Related Initiatives

TEEB is certainly not alone in achieving its goals. Various other initiatives exist that support the mainstreaming of nature’s values  into policy- and decision-making worldwide, and complement the work that TEEB is doing. In order to avoid duplication of work, TEEB seeks to work closely with several of the projects and partners listed below. . [read more


Working for the TEEB Office under the administration of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Geneva offers a unique opportunity to work in an international and multi-cultural setting, and to take part in an exciting portfolio of work that stretches far beyond environmental economics.  
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Latest Publications

Towards TEEBAgFood

The Way Forward. Towards a Global Study on the Economics of Eco-Agri-Food Systems.  TEEB is bringing together economists, business leaders, agriculturalists and experts in biodiversity and ecosystem services to systematically review the economic interdependencies between agriculture and natural ecosystems, and provide a…

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TEEB Challenges and Responses

TEEB ‘s progress, challenges and responses towards mainstreaming the economics of nature. [ENG] [ESP]

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TEEB for Agriculture & Food Concept Note

February 2014- The Concept Note presents the case for and proposed outline content of a TEEB for Agriculture & Food study.

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Natural Capital Accounting and Water Quality: Commitments, Benefits, Needs and Progress

December 2013 – The briefing note outlines existing guidance and examples on water quality accounting and identifies the ongoing challenges related to the development of natural capital accounting and water quality accounting. Inspired by the growing global focus on natural capital accounting, the note identifies the ongoing challenges related to the development of natural capital accounting and water quality accounting, in order to encourage debate and commitment towards effective water and biodiversity policy.

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The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity – Valuation Database Manual

December 2013 – The Manual presents an overview and explains the potential uses and functions of the TEEB Valuation Database. The Manual discusses the origin of the database; describes its content and structure; outlines its contents and discusses how it may be used including important caveats.

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