Seven principles to guide a resilience approach

Geneva, 05 May 2014, by Sturle Hauge Simonsen Everybody’s talking about resilience, but does anyone know how to apply it? Here are seven principles to help you along the way In our globalized society, there are virtually no ecosystems that…

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Valuing Natural Capital: What Next and Why?

Pavan Sukhdev, Geneva, 23 April 2014 Engage businesses and accountancy regulators in an international effort to redefine corporate performance and report it in a holistic way. Earth Day, 2014: I’m on my way to Copenhagen, for the annual GLASA event…

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Water quality is as important for ecosystems as for people

Anand Chandrasekhar, Geneva, 21 February 2014 Aruwa Bendsen is the Programme Officer within the Freshwater Ecosystems Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She spoke with Anand Chandrasekhar and shared her views on the effect of deteriorating water quality…

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Economic merits of peatlands restoration in Scotland

Laetitia Pettinotti, Geneva 16 January 2014 Restoration of degraded peatlands in Scotland can generally be justified in economic terms on the basis of GHG emission savings alone. Most peatland sites in the United Kingdom have already degraded to some extent…

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Accounting for water quality

Daniela Russi, Geneva, 6 January 2013 While there is already considerable experience with accounting for water quantity, water quality accounts is still at a beginning phase Water quality accounts can support water management and water policy by collecting and systematizing…

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Ten reasons to put a value on wetlands

Anand Chandrasekhar, Geneva, 30 December 2013 Estimates suggest that the world has lost 50% of its wetlands since 1900. Invaluable. The word can be very misleading. It says a lot while still managing to say very little. Even dictionaries are…

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How effective is restoration at recreating wetlands?

Anand Chandrasekhar, Geneva, 24 December 2013 Despite the challenges, hundreds of wetland restoration projects are in progress around the world. This raises the question of how effective these projects are in terms of increasing wetland area and improving wetland functions.…

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Here is how to bridge the knowledge gaps to support decision-making on wetlands

Anand Chandrasekhar, Geneva, 21 December 2013 The renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking is known to have said that “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” The TEEB for Water and Wetlands Report is an…

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Communities cultural esteem for ecosystems boosts conservation

Anand Chandrasekhar, Geneva, 20 December 2013 Intangible values for example, spiritual value can motivate communities to conserve ecosystems like wetlands even though alternative uses like conversion for agriculture may promise greater economic benefits. “Landscapes are culture before they are nature;…

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Pros and cons of managing wetlands as a common pool resource

Anand Chandrasekhar, Geneva, 17 December 2013 Nobel Prize winning economist Elinor Ostrom is famous for challenging the arguments put forward in the “Tragedy of the Commons”, where ecologist Garette Hardin states that people think of their own self-interests when dealing…

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Latest Publications

TEEBAgriFood Interim Report

The Interim Report introduces the key questions, issues and arguments to be addressed by TEEBAgriFood.

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Towards TEEBAgriFood

TEEB is bringing together economists, business leaders, agriculturalists and experts in biodiversity and ecosystem services to systematically review the economic interdependencies between agriculture and natural ecosystems, and provide a comprehensive economic valuation of eco-agri-food systems. Alexander Müller, TEEB for Agriculture & Food…

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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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