Wetlands as a sustainable tourism destination

Anand Chandrasekhar, Geneva, 11 December 2013 Wetlands offer a range of recreational activities include sunbathing, swimming, boating, diving, snorkeling, sport fishing, duck hunting, photography, birdwatching, and simply enjoying the landscape. Planning your next holiday? There is a good chance that…

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Time to recognize the vital role of wetlands as water becomes a scarce resource

Anand Chandrasekhar, Geneva, 10 December 2013 Wetlands are an important component of water cooperation thanks to the water-related services they provide such as maintaining water flow and supplies, regulating water quality and minimizing water-related disasters Conflict grabs attention and conflicts…

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Invest in wetlands for a secure climate future

Anand Chandrasekhar, Geneva, 05 December 2013 Wetlands are excellent carbon sinks. The American poet and philosopher Henry Thoreau wrote that “Hope and the future for me are not in lawns and cultivated fields, not in towns and cities, but in…

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Challenges and opportunities in taking account of ecosystem values in Africa

Andrew Farmer, Geneva, 3 December 2013 A critical precondition for the use of ecosystem service values in decision making is effective rule of law. Participants raised concerns that in some cases environmental laws may be ignored by local or national…

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Water valuation and corporate responsibility

Anand Chandrasekhar, Geneva,19 November 2013 Violaine Berger is the Manager (Ecosystems, Water, Agribusiness) at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) based in Geneva, Switzerland.  Anand  Chandrasekhar spoke with her on the eve of the World Forum on Natural…

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Wetlands can save lives

Anand Chandrasekhar, Geneva, 4 November 2013 The resilience of the New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy was put to the test a year ago. The physical violence of the storm surge delivered a stunning blow while the flooding that followed…

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How can the ecosystem service approach contribute to the wise use of wetlands in Southeast Asia?

Daniela Russi, Geneva, 23 October 2013 Showing and measuring the ecosystem services that healthy ecosystems provide can play a key role in ensuring local acceptance of conservation policies. A very interesting discussion was held during the special session on the…

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Water cooperation can be a unifying factor in a water stressed world

Céline Krebs, Geneva, 18 October 2013 The general concern over water urged the Convention to adapt into a truly global mechanism. Water cooperation goes beyond development or commercial interests but it defines the very existence of a state. By claiming…

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Healthy ecosystems make healthy food systems

Anand Chandrasekhar, Geneva, 14 October 2013 For a long time producing enough food to feed the world’s growing population was the only thing that mattered. “Sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition” is the theme for this years World…

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Letting nature do the job!

Daniela Russi, Geneva, 10 October 2013 Using natural processes results in many cases in lower costs with respect to grey infrastructure. A workshop on the Self Supporting River Systems (SSRS), coordinated by Suzanne van der Meulen (Deltares) and Neville Crossman…

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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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