TEEBAgriFood Expert Workshop

The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity for Agriculture & Food
Expert Workshop – Brussels, 8-11 September 2015


Over the course of 3.5 days, nearly 100 experts from around the world were convened in Brussels to agree on some of the fundamental first steps towards a ‘TEEB for Agriculture & Food‘ (TEEBAgriFood) study. Participants included experts from a wide range of backgrounds, including the traditional TEEB community of environmental economists and ecologists, but also reaching out to new interest groups representing inter alia health, nutrition, food security, agronomy and animal welfare, as well as those involved in outreach and advocacy.

At its core, TEEB for Agriculture and Food will seek to provide a comprehensive economic evaluation of the ‘eco-agri-food systems’ complex, and demonstrate that the economic environment in which farmers operate is distorted by significant externalities, both negative and positive, and a lack of awareness of dependency on natural capital.


Relevant documents

» Agenda
» Executive Summary
» Workshop full report


Background documents

» Towards TEEBAgriFood
» Info Brochure
» TEEBAgriFood concept note


UNEP’s Executive Director welcoming message to the participants


Related Articles

» Has industrialized farming left nature’s bank in need of a bailout? (Chris Baldock, Trucost)
» The master accounting lens grinders helping us see the future of food (IUCN NL)
» Global Expert to Meet in Brussels (FoodTank.com)
» What´s the true cost of Food? (FoodTank.com)
» Here’s why industrial food is deceivingly cheap (CS Monitor)


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