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

Environmental Economist (Geneva, Switzerland)

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TOMAS DECLERCQ

Environmental Economist

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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EDWIN ONYACH

Programme Assistant (Nairobi, Kenya)

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EDWIN ONYACH

Programme Assistant

Mr. Edwin Onyach attained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Business Computing from the University of Sunderland, UK.

He worked in the private sector from 2008 to April 2010 administering ICT projects and Business Operations Management functions to project teams. Subsequently, He joined UN Environment Programme – Division of Regional Cooperation (DRC) in May 2010 to December 2013, and Regional Support Office (RSO) from January 2014 to December 2016, where He provided Programme, Administrative and ICT support to HQ and Regional Offices. In 2017 January, He joined the Ecosystems Division of UN Environment programme– providing programme support to the Ecosystem Services and Economics unit.

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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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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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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, 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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