AREAS OF WORK

Agriculture & Food

TEEB for Agriculture & Food study, led by the TEEB Office, will seek to bring together economists, business leaders, agriculturalists and experts in biodiversity and ecosystems 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. [read more]

Natural Capital Accounting

The United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD) the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) TEEB Office and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have embarked on a project to advancing the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (EEA). [read more]

TEEB Study Reports (2010)

In March 2007, at the meeting of G8+5 Environment Ministers in Potsdam, Germany, it was proposed to carry out a global study to analyze the global economic benefit of biological diversity, the costs of the loss of biodiversity and the failure to take protective measures versus the costs of effective conservation. In response, TEEB was established and developed a series of reports targeting key end users: research and academia; national and international policymakers; local and regional policymakers; and business. [read more]

TEEB Country Studies

TEEB Country Studies identify the ecosystem services that are vital to meeting the country’s policy priorities and makes recommendations on how these services can be integrated into policies. These recommendations depending on the country context, can include policies for poverty alleviation, subsidy reform, land use management, protected area management, securing livelihoods, investment in natural infrastructure restoration and national accounting to include natural capital. [read more]

Water & Wetlands

TEEB for Water & Wetlands report is a standalone report builds on the TEEB approach to generate a better understanding of the ecosystem service values of water and wetlands and encourage improved decision making and business commitment for their conservation, investment and wise use. [read more]

TEEB Arctic

This scoping study provides the basis for a dialogue on policy context, governance aspects and challenges for evaluating ecosystem services within the Arctic context. [read more]

TEEB for Business

TEEB for Business studies, at the national level, inform public policies, particularly as they relate to important economic sectors of the country. Specifically, a TEEB for Business project examines economic sectors at strategic or operational levels, identifying both risks and opportunities that biodiversity and ecosystem services pose to that particular sector. [read more]

TEEB-inspired Projects

A platform for TEEB-inspired country or regional studies that are managed and coordinated independently from the TEEB initiative, but seek to align themselves with the same approach and guiding principles. [read more]

Oceans & Coasts

TEEB for Oceans & Coasts project seek to draw attention to the economic benefits of ocean and coastal biodiversity and healthy ecosystems and emphasize the unrealized benefits of preserved and enhanced whole ecosystem structures, functions and processes to the well-being of humans and nature. [read more]

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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