UNEP TEEB Office

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, at the International Environment House, the TEEB office is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) under the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Branch (BESB) of the Ecosystems Division. The small team provides day-to-day implementation and administration of the entire TEEB portfolio of work, including communications and outreach activities.

Dr. SALMAN HUSSAIN

TEEB Coordinator (Geneva, Switzerland)

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Dr. SALMAN HUSSAIN

TEEB Coordinator

Dr. Salman Hussain was a contributing author to the TEEB reports launched in 2010 and has also coordinated the quantitative assessment for TEEB, a global scale study integrating environmental valuation with Geographic Information System mapping.

Previously Salman was with Scotland’s Rural College, where he directed the University of Edinburgh’s Masters programme in Ecological Economics and headed a team focusing on marine ecosystem economics. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties, he lead the economics work of a European Commission project that married ecosystem service valuation with the bio-physical modelling of the impacts of different use and conservation policy options.

His PhD was on the economics of the ‘greening’ of industry, with a specific emphasis on eco-innovations and eco-labelling, but his research for the past decade has focused on ecosystem and environmental economics.

To contact Dr. Salman Hussain, email: salman.hussain[at]UNEP.org

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DUSTIN (MILLER) WENZEL

Communications and Events (Geneva, Switzerland)

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DUSTIN (MILLER) WENZEL

TEEB Communications and Events

Dustin Miller holds a Master of Science in Environment and Development from the Institute of Development Policy & Management at the University of Manchester as well as a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in International Development Studies at McGill University. His principal focus has been on identifying and mainstreaming the synergies between biodiversity conservation and socioeconomic development toward sustainable and equitable ecosystem management.

Dustin joined the TEEB team in Geneva in February 2012 and, among various other programme and operational support duties, has been primarily responsible for the project management of activities related to ‘TEEB for Agriculture & Food.

To contact Dustin Miller, email: Dustin.Miller[at]unep.org

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TOMAS DECLERCQ

Associate Programme Officer (Geneva, Switzerland)

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TOMAS DECLERCQ

Associate Programme Officer

Tomas Declercq is an environmental economist at UN Environment TEEB since January 2019, and previously from mid-2014 to mid-2017. He supports governments to integrate the values of nature’s contributions to people into decision making.

Tomas has moved across three duty stations and worked for five UN agencies. Prior to joining TEEB, he has been with UN OCHA to support the integration of environmental considerations in humanitarian response, including as a member of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team. He previously provided technical assistance at UNDP Peru on the Poverty Environment Initiative and has worked as an Agriculture Policy Advisor for the Belgian EU Presidency. He also held short-term assignments for UNITAR, FAO Ecuador and the ITC-ILO. Tomas speaks English, Spanish and French.

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MONICA LOPEZ

Programme Officer (Nairobi, Kenya)

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MONICA LOPEZ

Programme Officer

Mónica López has been working at UN Environment in Nairobi, Kenya for the past two years, managing projects on mainstreaming, natural capital accounting and ecosystem service valuation. Previously at UN Environment, she worked at the joint UN Development Programme- UN Environment Poverty Environment Initiative as Regional Advisor in the Africa Region. where she liaised directly with the country teams to develop and mainstream tools for sustainability and poverty reduction into national development planning.

Prior to the UN, she worked on Environmental and Food Security Framework Contracts for the European Commission and before that she worked mainly on community based natural resource management in Mozambique and various Latin American countries and pursued her PhD on community participatory tools and education for sustainability. She holds a master’s degree in  foreign cooperation.

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JACOB SALCONE

Technical consultant (Geneva, Switzerland)

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JACOB SALCONE

Programme Officer

Jacob Salcone joined TEEB in April 2018. As a technical consultant, he helps governments and researchers use microeconomic tools to quantify and value the human benefits of ecosystems and biodiversity.
 
Jacob previously worked for IUCN, calculating the economic value of marine and coastal ecosystems to inform resource management decisions in Pacific Island countries. He holds an M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Colorado State University and a B.A. in International Sustainable Development from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  He is currently modelling the land-use change impacts of payment for ecosystem service programs in Mexico in pursuit of a PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University. He has conducted community development research in California and South America and helped rural communities in the Western US resolve water and sanitation problems.

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WILLIAM SPELLER

Programme Officer (Nairobi, Kenya)

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WILLIAM SPELLER

Programme Officer

Will joined the TEEB Office in November 2018 to work on the natural capital accounting and valuation of ecosystem services and the implementation of the TEEB for Agriculture and Food projects. Will is a development and agricultural economist with a decade of experience in public policy, advising governments on national development and agricultural strategies, and environmental policy frameworks. Prior to joining UN Environment, he worked at the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development, the World Bank Group, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Bank of England. Will holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Science in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics, and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from University of London.

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SARAH CHEROBEN

Programme Management Assistant (Nairobi, Kenya)

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SARAH CHEROBEN

Programme Management Assistant

Sarah Cheroben has over 10 years of work experience in environmental field having been engaged in different aspects of programme design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation. She has experience conducting Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Environmental Audits (EAs) having worked with the private sector and interned with Kenya’s national government Ministry of Environment and Mineral resources and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA-Kenya).

She joined UN family as a National United Nations Volunteer in 2010 where she worked for the UN Environment Congo Basin Project “The Mayombe Transboundary project” within the Terrestrial Unit, Ecosystem Division. Her work was later expanded to cover Great Apes Survival Partnership and EU funded Mau Forest Projects. Her work also included support in the implementation of programmes such as Climate Change Adaptation, GEF Climate Change Enabling Activities and the UN REDD.

Sarah holds a master’s degree in Environmental Science (Agroforestry and Rural Development) and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Kenyatta University, Kenya.

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MARCIO VERDE SELVA

Technical Consultant (Brasilia, Brazil)

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MARCIO VERDE SELVA

Technical Consultant

Marcio worked in the TEEB office in Geneva between 2017 and 2018 and re-joined in January 2019. He is currently based at the UN Environment Office in Brazil. As a technical consultant he supports project stakeholders towards mainstreaming the consideration for ecosystems and biodiversity in decision making and public policy.

Before his specialization in environmental economics, Marcio worked for international non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International and Greenpeace and have experience with multilateral negotiation processes, campaign engagement, and partnership building at various levels. Marcio holds a master’s in environmental economics from the University of Bologna, a degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Western Australia.

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KHUSHBOO PURSHOTAM UGANDAMAL

Finance and Program assistant (Nairobi, Kenya)

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KHUSHBOO PURSHOTAM UGANDAMAL

Finance and Program assistant

Khushboo has joined the unit as a Finance and Program assistant. Prior to joining the ESE Unit, Khush worked as a Finance assistant for the Finance Management unit in Ecosystem Division.
She started her UN career as an Intern at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) in 2016 and later joined as a UNV in September 2017. Before she joined the UN, she worked at the private sector as a Finance and Administrative Assistant.
She received her BA in International business with a concentration in Finance and she is currently pursuing her master’s in business administration at the United States International University- Africa. Outside of work, Khush enjoys travelling and meeting people from different cultures.

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MAXIME RUSHEMUKA

Programme Intern (Geneva, Switzerland)

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MAXIME RUSHEMUKA

Programme Intern

Maxime Rushemuka joined UN Environment TEEB in August 2019. He is at the same time pursuing a M.Sc. in Environmental Governance at Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg. As intern, his role is mainly assisting TEEB team in research work and implementation of TEEB project activities.

Maxime previously worked for the local government in Rwanda, in the department of land management. He oversaw the implementation of government policies related to the use of land at local level in Muhanga District. Before that, he worked for a consulting firm in the field of data analysis as Data enumerator, where he participated in data collection of various development projects across Rwanda.

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PEIHAN QIAN

Graphic Design Intern (Geneva, Switzerland)

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PEIHAN QIAN

Graphic Design Intern

Peihan Qian is in her final year of undergraduate study in Landscape Architecture. With design and nature study background, she is assisting the TEEB team with graphic design and website update.Peihan studies comprehensive spatial design and spatial planning with a focus on both nature and society. Her studio projects vary in different spatial scale, including garden design, architecture design, urban design, and urban planning. In addition to her study in Harbin Institute of Technology, Peihan has completed three exchange studies in National Taiwan University, University of California, Berkeley, and University College Dublin, with scholarships from China Scholarship Council and UC Berkeley CED-GAP Program.

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LUCY COCKERELL

Programme Affairs Intern (Geneva, Switzerland)

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LUCY COCKERELL

Programme Affairs Intern

Lucy Cockerell joined ESE-TEEB as an intern in September 2019. At TEEB, her role is to support the implementation of TEEB project activities by conducting research, assisting with the organisation of meetings and outreach events as well as supporting communication activities. She holds an MSc in Environment, Politics and Society from University College London (UCL) and a BSc in Economics, Business Administration and CSR from Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki. Lucy has international experience in conservation, CSR, working for an environmental NGO and volunteering in developing countries with wildlife conservation and environmental management. She also has experience in conducting and maintaining high-quality research projects, writing scientific reports and is presently publishing her MSc thesis in Marine Policy.

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Past Members

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Past Members

Anita Beck, Nicolas Bertrand, Mouhamed Diallo, Chloe Hill, Jasmin Hundorf, Evans Koech, Georgina Langdale, David Diaz Martin, Lena Mkwara, Edwin Onyach, Sharon Oseku-Frainier, Anita Sandana, Mark Schauer, Kavita Sharma, Ben Simmons, Selome Tadesse-Worku

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Past Interns

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Past Interns

Chelsea Baldino ,Francine Brondex, Luisa Sette Camara, Gabriella Cevallos, Alena Cierna, Dalton Conner, Tshala Gordon, Anna Heuberger, Celine Krebs, Sam McClendon, Gwenael Podesta, Alice Rosenfeld-Antunes, Marcio Selva, Wendy Shen

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Latest Publications

Measuring what matters in agriculture and food systems: a synthesis

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) (2018). Measuring what matters in agriculture and food systems: a synthesis of the results and recommendations of TEEB for Agriculture and Food’s Scientific and Economic Foundations report. Geneva: UN Environment. Download report

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Scientific and Economic Foundations Report

The TEEBAgriFood ‘Scientific and Economic Foundations’ report addresses the core theoretical issues and controversies underpinning the evaluation of the nexus between the agri-food sector, biodiversity and ecosystem services and externalities including human health impacts from agriculture on a global scale. It argues the…

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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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