The links between business, biodiversity and ecosystem services vary across sectors, and even within sectors. They depend on the location of the business, the source of its raw materials, in some cases the location of its customers, and/or the production technology employed.
Broadly, these links can be grouped into business impacts on biodiversity, on the one hand, and business dependence on ecosystem services, on the other hand. In each case it is important to look beyond direct impacts and dependence, to consider the indirect links arising through business value chains.
Building on our approach to draw attention to the economic benefits of ecosystems services to agricultural systems, we will soon produce a study on ‘TEEB for Agriculture and Food’.
This study will seek to reveal the benefits of preserving ecosystems, bridge the knowledge gaps of the ecosystem services and functions they provide to agriculture and food, and support the mainstreaming of biodiversity and ecosystem considerations into both national policy-making and broader societal perspectives.
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 reportRead more
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…Read more
TEEB Challenges and Responses
TEEB ‘s progress, challenges and responses towards mainstreaming the economics of nature. [ENG] [ESP]Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more