Agriculture & Food

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A ‘TEEB for Agriculture and Food’ study will seek to bring together economists, business leaders, agriculturalists and experts in biodiversity and ecosystem services to review the economic interdependencies between agriculture and natural ecosystems. It will seek to address one fundamental research question, ‘What are the values of ecosystems and biodiversity to the agricultural sector?’, which will explore how biodiversity and key ecosystem services deliver benefits to the agriculture sector but also beyond, itself being a key contributor to human health, livelihoods and well-being.

‘TEEB for Agriculture and Food’ will therefore focus on three areas: benefits of ecosystem services to agricultural productivity; impacts of agricultural production on ecosystem services; and the role of small farmers.

Building on our approach to draw attention to the economic benefits of ecosystems services to agricultural systems, a Concept note was developed with several partners present at a scoping workshop that took place in Brussels, Belgium, 22-23 January 2014.

The Concept note presents the case for and proposed outline content for a TEEB for Agriculture & Food study. The study would review the inter-dependencies between agriculture and food systems and natural ecosystems, in order to assess the social, environmental, economic and health-related benefits and costs of these systems, so that governments and businesses can use the information and recommendations to improve decision-making.

For more information on the focus of the ‘TEEB for Agriculture & Food’ study, download the Concept note.

Latest Publications

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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TEEB Georgia Scoping Study

September 2013 – This scoping study takes stock of work that has been done thus far on biodiversity and ecosystem services assessments in Georgia, prioritizes important economic sectors and highlights critical relationships to biodiversity and ecosystem services. The study identifies five core sectors energy, tourism, agriculture, mining, and forestry applicable for TEEB.

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